Chris Yarran referred to AFL tribunal

Carlton defender Chris Yarran will front the AFL tribunal on Tuesday night.

The match review panel graded Yarran’s punch to the head of Essendon veteran Paul Chapman as `high impact’ on Monday, meaning he was referred directly to the tribunal under new rules for 2015.

Yarran is unable to log an early plea over the incident from Saturday’s match at the MCG.

Chapman required stitches and left the ground for a concussion test after being belted.

The 24-year-old, who will be fronting the tribunal for the first time in his 108-game career, is the only player facing suspension after round three.

Greater Western Sydney ruckman Shane Mumford, Port Adelaide defender Alipate Carlile and Carlton’s Bryce Gibbs were cleared over their role in clashes with Jeremy Laidler, Brendon Goddard and Sam Wright respectively.

The panel would have spent much of its time analysing the all-in melee at three-quarter time of Saturday’s Adelaide Oval clash, which resulted in nine fines totalling over $10,000.

Adelaide midfielder Rory Sloane was charged with being the instigator, but can cop a $1500 sanction if he logs an early plea.

Crows captain Taylor Walker and teammates Josh Jenkins and Matthew Jaensch can accept $1000 fines, while Scott Thompson is facing a $1500 fine given it is the second time he’s been booked for engaging in a melee.

Melbourne’s repeat offenders Bernie Vince, Dean Kent and Nathan Jones are also looking at $1500 fines, while youngster Jay Kennedy-Harris will only be docked $1000 with an early plea.

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