Carlton’s Gibbs offered 2-match AFL ban

Carlton midfielder Bryce Gibbs has been offered a two-match AFL suspension for his sling tackle which led to Port Adelaide’s Robbie Gray being knocked out.

If Gibbs chooses to challenge the rough conduct charge at the tribunal and is unsuccessful, he will be banned for three games.

The incident occurred during the second quarter of Saturday’s clash at the MCG which the Blues won by four points – only their second victory of 2015.

It was graded as careless conduct with high impact to the head by the match review panel.

Gibbs won Carlton’s best and fairest award last year and will be difficult to replace if he is sidelined for the upcoming matches against Gold Coast and the Western Bulldogs. If he fights the ban and fails he would also miss Carlton’s round 15 clash with Richmond.

Gray was substituted out of the match but is fully expected to play in Port’s next game against Sydney on July 2.

Hawthorn duo Ben Stratton and Josh Gibson can both accept $1000 fines after being charged with striking Adelaide opponents during the round-12 victory over the Crows.

Stratton was booked for striking Eddie Betts and Gibson was charged for striking Charlie Cameron.

But teammate Sam Mitchell was not sanctioned for an incident involving Taylor Walker, with the MRP ruling he was entitled to protect himself and brace for contact from the Crows captain.

North Melbourne skipper Andrew Swallow can also accept a $1000 fine for tripping GWS Giants midfielder Josh Kelly.

Geelong onballer Mathew Stokes will be docked $1500 if he pleads guilty to a second charge of making careless contact with an umpire.

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