Carlton captain Patrick Cripps gets two-game ban for hit that left Brisbane’s Callum Ah Chee with concussion – Michmutters

Carlton captain Patrick Cripps gets two-game ban for hit that left Brisbane’s Callum Ah Chee with concussion

Carlton’s finals hopes have been dealt a huge blow after Captain Patrick Cripps was handed a two-match ban for his high bump on Brisbane’s Callum Ah Chee.

Cripps caught Ah Chee high in the second quarter after jumping in the air to contest a loose ball.

That hit concussed Ah Chee, who was subbed out of the game.

The AFL’s match review officer graded the rough conduct incident as careless conduct, high contact and high impact, drawing a two-match ban.

If Carlton accepts the decision — or are unsuccessful in overturning it — Cripps will miss the club’s challenging last two regular season games against Melbourne and Collingwood.

The Blues (12-8) are currently seventh, but two losses in the final two rounds could dump them out of the finals.

After Sunday’s 33-point loss to Brisbane, Carlton coach Michael Voss mounted a spirited defense of Cripps.


“I thought it was a good answer,” Voss said.

“The umpire probably told the story, didn’t he? He didn’t pay a free kick, did he?

“From what I’ve seen, the arms were outstretched and it was a pretty even contest.

“If we are asking players to make micro-second decisions, I don’t know whether the game enables that. I really don’t.”

Voss said Ah Chee failing to play out the game should not be a factor in any potential sanctioning of Cripps.

Callum Ah Chee is attended by a medic while lying on the ground.  Behind him, two Lions players wrestle Patrick Cripps
Callum Ah Chee was forced out of Sunday’s game with concussion.(Getty Images: Bradley Kanaris)

“I don’t think he is there to cradle the person to the ground, is he?” Voss said.

“It was unfortunate. We hope he is OK. Clearly, we have empathy, in terms of that side of things, but we’ve also got to respect that the game is going to be evenly contested, and that it looked like an even contest take.”

Star West Coast midfielder Tim Kelly was offered a one-match ban for his dangerous tackle on Adelaide’s Sam Berry.

Sydney’s Callum Mills and North Melbourne’s Curtis Taylor can each accept $1,000 fines if they plead guilty to wrestling charges.



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