Eagles to challenge McGovern ban

Eagles to challenge McGovern ban

WEST Coast star Jeremy McGovern could have company when he fronts the AFL tribunal to challenge his rough conduct charge.

The AFL issued three more one-game bans on Monday and Fremantle will look hard at star Michael Walters’ headbutting charge.

Port Adelaide might also contest Dougal Howard’s one-game suspension for gut- punching Geelong veteran Harry Taylor, given North Melbourne midfielder Ben Cunnington escaped with a fine for a similar strike earlier this season.

Howard’s teammate Karl Amon was also suspended for rough conduct after his collision with Gary Rohan left the Cats forward concussed.

The Eagles confirmed on Monday afternoon that they will challenge McGovern’s ban after his push last Thursday night sent Essendon youngster Matt Guelfi into the Optus Stadium fence.

Walters’ headbutt on Lockhart was assessed as intentional, with low impact and high contact, and that was enough to trigger the one-game ban.

Also on Monday, Melbourne utility Jayden Hunt and Fremantle opponent Luke Ryan were fined for wrestling each other and Western Bulldogs ruckman Tim English can accept a $2000 fine for striking Collingwood defender Jack Crisp.

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