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Merrett suspended after rib punch on Silvagni

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Essendon star Zach Merrett has been handed a one-match sanction from the AFL’s Match Review Officer for putting Carlton’s Jack Silvagni.

The incident was assessed as “Careless Conduct with High Impact and Body Contact” after Silvagni was pressured to spend an evening in hospital following Merrett’s clenched fist to his mid-section.

The Carlton teen was left with a fractured rib and a bruised lung out of the incident, with the Blues anticipating him to overlook at the very least per week because of the hit.

“Scans have confirmed that Jack Silvagni suffered a bruised lung and fractured rib final evening,” Carlton tweeted.

The AFL introduced an enormous crackdown on punches early final yr, and simply two weeks in the past West Coast’s Jeremy McGovern copped a one-match ban for putting Gold Coast’s Alex Sexton in a scuffle.

In addition to Merrett’s ban, West Coast defender Will Schofield was handed a one-match ban by the MRO for headbutting Port Adelaide teen Zak Butters on Saturday afternoon.

Schofield’s incident was assessed as “Intentional Conduct with Low Impact and High Contact”.

Merrett’s ban got here after Port Adelaide nice Kane Cornes questioned whether or not a possible ban for such an innocuous incident might see different related incidents penalised.

Are we going to start out penalising gamers who put their knee up in a marking contest and hit somebody within the jaw and so they come off?” he requested on the AFL Sunday Footy Show.

“That’s a sort out. That is within the act of tackling. When he makes contact with him, the ball has simply left.

“That occurs 10 instances a sport. That just isn’t a behind the play jumper punch. That is within the act of tackling.”

While former Essendon nice Matthew Lloyd agreed with the assertion that Merrett’s ban was right down to the affect of the hit, he mentioned the act could not be labeled as a pure soccer motion.

“If there was no damage, he would not miss per week,” he mentioned in response to Cornes.

“I’d agree with you, however you possibly can’t classify that as a sort out.”

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