Dawson faces two-game AFL striking ban

Fremantle defender Zac Dawson faces a two-match AFL suspension for striking GWS star Jeremy Cameron.

Dawson was playing his first senior game this season on Sunday when he elbowed Cameron’s face in the first quarter.

The suspension means Dawson will miss the round-20 Western Derby.

He risks a three-game ban if he takes the case to the tribunal.

Cameron had to leave the field for treatment and played out the match with his face heavily bandaged.

Geelong have also suffered a blow ahead of Saturday night’s crucial home game against Sydney.

Star veteran Steve Johnson was offered a one-game ban for striking former teammate Allen Christensen in Saturday’s win over Brisbane.

North Melbourne defender Michael Firrito can also sit out one game after the match review panel charged him with striking Carlton ruckman Matthew Kreuzer.

They are the only players facing suspension after the MRP handed out 14 charges.

Dawson was also fined $1000 for melee involvement, along with Cameron and Fremantle star David Mundy.

GWS onballer Toby Greene received a $1500 fine for engaging in a melee because it was his second offence.

West Coast forward Mark LeCras is the latest finals-bound player who is now walking the tribunal tightrope.

A week after Hawks defender Josh Gibson was fined $1500 for a second offence, LeCras was offered the same penalty for rough conduct against Gold Coast’s Matt Shaw.

It means if LeCras is charged with a third offence, in most cases the penalty will automatically be a one-game suspension.

Hawks backman Brian Lake can accept a $1000 fine for rough conduct against Richmond ruck-forward Ty Vickery.

Melbourne onballer Nathan Jones faces a $1000 penalty for wrestling Collingwood captain Scott Pendlebury.

And Geelong veteran James Kelly will be $1000 out of pocket for careless umpire contact.

Carlton defender Dylan Buckley was charged with misconduct against North Melbourne forward Lindsay Thomas and he can take the $1000 penalty.

The same applies for St Kilda’s Jack Steven after he made contact with Port Adelaide captain Travis Boak’s face.

And Steven’s teammate Jack Newnes was fined $1000 for striking Robbie Gray.

A match day report against Hawks defender James Frawley for rough conduct was thrown out.

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