Dawson accepts two-match AFL ban

Having finally returned to the Fremantle side after thumb and groin injuries, fullback Zac Dawson will be sidelined for the Dockers’ next two AFL matches after pleading guilty to striking GWS spearhead Jeremy Cameron.

Dawson caught Cameron flush in the nose with a elbow during Sunday’s match at Domain Stadium.

After having his head bandaged to stem the bleeding, Cameron remonstrated angrily with Dawson upon his return to the field.

The former St Kilda defender was playing his first senior match of 2015 and will now miss upcoming clashes against St Kilda and West Coast as the Dockers seek to lock down a first-ever minor premiership.

Dawson and Cameron were also fined $1000 apiece for engaging in a melee during the final quarter of the 21-point victory by the Dockers.

Geelong star Steve Johnson will have to wait a further week before reaching the 250-game milestone, having accepted a one-match ban for striking former teammate Allen Christensen in the Cats’ comfortable win over Brisbane.

Christensen – playing against Geelong for the first time since his move north – received an at-times torrid welcome from the Cats players.

The suspension rules Johnson out of Saturday night’s big home clash against Sydney, which will feature the return to action of Adam Goodes.

The other player suspended from round 18 was North Melbourne defender Michael Firrito, who will miss Sunday’s clash with Melbourne after being cited for striking Carlton ruckman Matthew Kreuzer.

The only player challenging a charge at the tribunal on Tuesday night is Hawthorn fullback Brian Lake, who will be fined $1500 if found guilty of engaging in rough conduct against Richmond’s Ty Vickery.

Lake pushed Vickery into the fence at the MCG on Friday night – with the big Tiger goaling from a difficult angle from the resultant free kick.

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