Carlton skipper Patrick Cripps’ attraction in opposition to a two-match ban has been dismissed that means the star on-baller will miss the ultimate two rounds of the house and away season.
The tribunal chairman Jeff Gleeson QC mentioned Cripps wouldn’t have been suspended in a distinct period as a result of he had eyes on the ball whereas contesting the ball with Callum Ah Chee nevertheless he mentioned Cripps had not acted fairly when he turned his physique right into a “traditional bumping place” to win the ball.
“He entered the competition at pace and noticed a participant in his peripheral imaginative and prescient, left his ft and bumped Ah Chee at excessive pace,” Gleeson mentioned.
The choice is a large blow for the Blues who have to win yet another match to qualify for finals with their remaining two video games in opposition to Melbourne and Collingwood.
He had been charged with participating in tough conduct Ah Chee who was concussed within the incident and missed the remainder of the match. The match evaluate officer categorised the incident as excessive impression, careless conduct and excessive contact.
The membership’s medical report mentioned Ah Chee would miss 5 coaching days and whereas sure to overlook spherical 22, he might additionally miss the ultimate match of the season relying on his restoration.
Carlton used front-on footage from Fox Footy that had been captured by way of one in every of their handheld cameras and was not accessible to the match evaluate officer which confirmed Cripps’ eyes on the ball as he entered the competition.
Cripps argued that his eyes have been “purely fixated on the ball” and he turned his physique to guard the drop zone, so he might take possession of the ball on his chest.
The Blues raised the case involving West Coast’s Willie Rioli when he was cleared after the Eagles efficiently argued he was making a authentic try to mark the ball when he crashed into the Suns’ Matt Rowell in spherical two.