Caleb Serong has been dealt a one-match ban for tough conduct in an enormous blow to Fremantle’s probabilities of upsetting AFL premiership favourites Collingwood.
The Dockers (7-9) have misplaced 4 of their previous 5 matches and can try to salvage their season on the MCG on Saturday.
They are going to accomplish that with out Serong – their most influential midfielder this 12 months – after he was cited for a harmful sort out on Carlton’s Adam Cerra in Fremantle’s horror 53-point dwelling loss to the Blues on Sunday.
The league’s match evaluate officer graded Serong’s actions as careless conduct, medium influence and excessive contact, leading to a one-match sanction.
The Dockers have till Tuesday morning to resolve whether or not to problem the ban.
Essendon have suffered an identical hit, with ruckman Andrew Phillips handed a one-match suspension.
Phillips was charged with tough conduct over his excessive bump on Adelaide’s Reilly O’Brien in the course of the closing minute of the Bombers’ 18-point win on Sunday.
The match evaluate officer graded Phillips’ actions as careless conduct, medium influence and excessive contact.
If he accepts the ban, Phillips will miss Saturday night time’s blockbuster towards Geelong at GMHBA Stadium.
Adelaide younger gun Josh Rachele is free to play in his aspect’s essential match towards GWS on Saturday night time regardless of being charged with tripping Essendon’s Andrew McGrath.
Rachele was handed a $3000 nice, which could be lowered to $2000 with an early responsible plea.
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