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Tuesday, 9 April 2019

AFL Tribunal hands down final Martin verdict


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Richmond's stuttering start to the 2019 season has received a boost with star midfielder Dustin Martin successfully having his two-match ban reduced at the AFL tribunal.

After over an hour hearing the case, the jury deliberated for 14 minutes before delivering the verdict that had the level of impact of Martin's elbow on GWS' Adam Kennedy downgraded from medium to low, therefore reducing Martin's ban to just one match.

Martin arrived at the tribunal flanked by Richmond's general manager of football Neil Balme as he attempted to have his suspension reduced.

The 2017 Brownlow Medallist was initially handed a two-match ban based on the fact that the impact of his elbow on GWS' Adam Kennedy was deemed to be medium.

However, Martin and the Tigers entered the tribunal attempting to argue that the impact grading should have been deemed as low instead of medium, which would have essentially slashed his two-match ban in half.

Martin's camp alleged that his elbow that connected with Kennedy was simply a "get out of my way" motion.

The Tigers' claims were assisted by the fact that Kennedy not only did not require any treatment as a result of the hit, but was also able to run out the remainder of the match.

Speaking on a call during the tribunal, Kennedy told the tribunal that he did not feel any pain as a result of Martin's strike and that he did not believe the strike was malicious.

However, despite believing that the strike was not malicious, Kennedy admitted that he was in "a bit of shock" as a result of the strike, adding that "it was a good knock".

The call to Kennedy itself also provided controversy, with the AFL's legal counsel Jeff Gleeson arguing that the call shouldn't be allowed on the grounds that the reason for the impact grading being raised from low to medium was due to the potential to cause serious injury.

Gleeson argued that Kennedy could not provide sufficient evidence as it pertained to the potential to cause injury, but was ultimately overruled.

"This was a strike that was landed by a player who was running, who raised his arm and who threw his elbow," Gleeson told the tribunal.

"It wasn’t a static position … a brace. He threw his elbow. It’s not static. And when you’re running … and you throw an elbow at or close to the head, you are squarely in the ‘usual’ scenario. That is, you have the potential to cause serious injury."

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Richmond's stuttering start to the 2019 season has received a boost with star midfielder Dustin Martin successfully having his two-match ban reduced at the AFL tribunal.

After over an hour hearing the case, the jury deliberated for 14 minutes before delivering the verdict that had the level of impact of Martin's elbow on GWS' Adam Kennedy downgraded from medium to low, therefore reducing Martin's ban to just one match.

Martin arrived at the tribunal flanked by Richmond's general manager of football Neil Balme as he attempted to have his suspension reduced.

The 2017 Brownlow Medallist was initially handed a two-match ban based on the fact that the impact of his elbow on GWS' Adam Kennedy was deemed to be medium.

However, Martin and the Tigers entered the tribunal attempting to argue that the impact grading should have been deemed as low instead of medium, which would have essentially slashed his two-match ban in half.

Martin's camp alleged that his elbow that connected with Kennedy was simply a "get out of my way" motion.

The Tigers' claims were assisted by the fact that Kennedy not only did not require any treatment as a result of the hit, but was also able to run out the remainder of the match.

Speaking on a call during the tribunal, Kennedy told the tribunal that he did not feel any pain as a result of Martin's strike and that he did not believe the strike was malicious.

However, despite believing that the strike was not malicious, Kennedy admitted that he was in "a bit of shock" as a result of the strike, adding that "it was a good knock".

The call to Kennedy itself also provided controversy, with the AFL's legal counsel Jeff Gleeson arguing that the call shouldn't be allowed on the grounds that the reason for the impact grading being raised from low to medium was due to the potential to cause serious injury.

Gleeson argued that Kennedy could not provide sufficient evidence as it pertained to the potential to cause injury, but was ultimately overruled.

"This was a strike that was landed by a player who was running, who raised his arm and who threw his elbow," Gleeson told the tribunal.

"It wasn’t a static position … a brace. He threw his elbow. It’s not static. And when you’re running … and you throw an elbow at or close to the head, you are squarely in the ‘usual’ scenario. That is, you have the potential to cause serious injury."

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