May facing long AFL suspension

Steven May’s heavy hit on Stefan Martin is set to cost the Gold Coast defender at least five AFL matches.

As expected, the match review panel referred May directly to the tribunal with no chance of an early plea.

May took his eyes off the ball and his feet were off the ground when he concussed the Brisbane ruckman.

The incident sparked a melee and May also has a bad record, having received a three-game ban last season for a collision with Lions captain Tom Rockliff.

All those factors will count against him when it comes to determining the penalty.

May apologised immediately after the match and again on Sunday.

The panel rated the rough conduct charge as careless conduct with severe impact to the head.

Martin is rated a chance to play this weekend and the lack of a serious injury will work in May’s favour.

Suns captain Gary Ablett also pushed Martin from behind immediately before May cannoned into him.

Last month, GWS key forward Jeremy Cameron was also referred directly to the tribunal and received a four-game suspension for his high bump on Brisbane defender Rhys Mathieson.

The incident left Mathieson with a fractured cheekbone that needed surgery and he is yet to return to the AFL, while Cameron will resume playing this weekend.

West Coast ruckman Scott Lycett was offered a one-match ban for his punch to the face of Richmond’s Ty Vickery in Friday night’s clash at Domain Stadium.

The blow was graded as intentional and low impact.

Also on Monday, several other players were offered $1000 fines for their charges.

Brisbane’s Darcy Gardiner was charged with striking Gold Coast onballer Aaron Hall and Port Adelaide star Robbie Gray is up for the same offence against GWS co-captain Callan Ward.

Charlie Dixon’s match-day report for striking the Giants’ other captain Phil Davis was upheld.

Collingwood onballer Taylor Adams was booked for rough conduct against Melbourne’s James Harmes and Port Adelaide’s Hamish Hartlett faces the same charge for an incident involving Ryan Griffen.

Carlton onballer Nick Graham and Western Bulldogs defender Joel Hamling were fined for wrestling each other.

The panel decided not to take action over a match-day report against Bulldog Lin Jong.

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