A PREVIOUS sling-tackle suspension this season could come back to haunt Adelaide’s Taylor Walker as the AFL match review panel assesses a similar incident involving the Crows’ rising star, who sits third in this year’s Coleman Medal race.
Walker faces a potential ban for Saturday night’s showdown against Port Adelaide after dumping the head of Richmond’s Steven Morris into the AAMI Stadium turf in a tackle on Saturday.
The Crows forward, who kicked five goals against the Tigers to move his season tally to 37, was banned for two matches after a similar tackle on Geelong defender Harry Taylor in round seven.
While Taylor was concussed in that incident, Morris was seemingly unhurt by the tackle on Saturday, which may work in Walker’s favour.
But the two-match ban for the round-seven incident means Walker faces a 20 per cent penalty loading, plus carryover demerit points.
That means that even the lowest level rough conduct charge would carry a one-match suspension, even with a reduction for an early guilty plea.
If Walker was found to have acted recklessly rather than negligently, he would face at least a two-match ban.
Crows coach Brenton Sanderson said after Saturday’s match it was a ”fantastic tackle” and noted Morris bounced straight up and kept playing.
”I will have to wait and see a replay but I hope for the good of the game that (Walker’s) OK,” Sanderson said.
Hawthorn defender Brent Guerra also faces a likely suspension for a high bump on Carlton’s Eddie Betts on Friday night at the MCG.
Betts was bent over the ball when Guerra crashed into his head with the side of his body after going past the ball.
The panel might also assess a tripping incident involving Gold Coast captain Gary Ablett in Saturday’s loss to West Coast at Patersons Stadium.
The Brownlow medallist appeared to catch Eric Mackenzie with an extended leg as the Eagle tried to run past.
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