Star West Coast midfielder Daniel Kerr can escape suspension ahead of Saturday night’s must-win AFL match against Collingwood.
The match review panel charged Kerr with striking Port Adelaide opponent Chad Wingard, but if the Eagle takes the early plea he will only receive a reprimand.
Kerr would also have 93.75 points – just shy of a week’s suspension – hanging over his head if he accepts the charge.
The Eagles will take fourth place and the double chance from Collingwood if they win Saturday’s match at home, with one more game before the finals.
While it was a busy day for the match review panel, Kerr’s case was the only one with suspension implications for any of the finalists.
Saturday’s quarter-time melee at the MCG cost 17 Carlton and Essendon players a total of $34,400 in fines.
Nine Carlton and eight Essendon players were booked for their parts in the scuffle.
Essendon’s Paddy Ryder was fined $4000 for his third melee involvement, while teammate Michael Hurley and Blues trio Heath Scotland, Chris Judd and Mitch Robinson received $2800 penalties for their second offence.
The fines total drops to $25,800 if all 17 players accept their penalties.
Western Bulldogs ruckman Will Minson can accept a one-game ban for stomping Sydney midfielder Kieren Jack in Sunday’s game at Etihad Stadium.
Melbourne forward Lynden Dunn has received a reprimand for staging, while Port Adelaide’s Aaron Young and Brisbane defender Andrew Raines can accept $900 fines for negligent umpire contact.
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