Suns’ May to front AFL tribunal

A heavy suspension awaits Gold Coast defender Steven May when he fronts the AFL tribunal.

The match review panel predictably referred May to the tribunal, with no option of an early plea, for the bump that concussed Brisbane Stefan Martin.

GWS key forward Jeremy Cameron received a four-match ban last month for a similar incident that left Brisbane defender Rhys Mathieson with a jaw fracture.

May has a poor tribunal record, he ran past the ball to take out Martin in Saturday night’s match and the incident sparked remonstration from the Lions – all factors that will count against him.

His advocate Tony Burns, who also represented Cameron, will do well if he can restrict May’s rough conduct ban to less than five matches.

May and Suns football manager Marcus Ashcroft will fly to Melbourne for the late-Tuesday afternoon hearing at Etihad Stadium.

The Suns backman unsuccessfully went to the tribunal last year after he knocked out Brisbane captain Tom Rockliff.

May could have accepted a two-match rough conduct ban, but instead served a three-match suspension.

Also last year, he was fined $1000 for rough conduct against St Kilda’s Jack Lonie.

The Martin bump was assessed as careless conduct and severe impact to the head.

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

May apologised immediately after the match and again on Sunday.

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.

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, seven other players were offered $1000 fines.

Brisbane’s Darcy Gardiner and Port Adelaide pair Robbie Gray and Charlie Dixon were charged with striking.

Collingwood onballer Taylor Adams and Power midfielder Hamish Hartlett were fined for rough conduct, while Carlton’s Nick Graham and Joel Hamling from the Western Bulldogs were charged with wrestling each other.

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