AFL fine Port 10k over head knock handling

Port Adelaide have been fined $10,000 for failing to follow AFL regulations when assessing Hamish Hartlett after he received a head knock against Hawthorn.

Although Hartlett passed the SCAT3 test and was deemed fit to play, he should have been off the ground for a 15-minute exclusion period to allow the club doctor to access vision of the incident, the AFL said in a statement.

Instead, Hartlett returned to play after just five minutes in last week’s game because Port Adelaide failed to notify the AFL’s interchange official that a head injury assessment was being undertaken as required under the rules.

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