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.
- Carlton have until 11am Tuesday to challenge Patrick Cripps’s two-game ban over a high bump that caused a Brisbane player to leave the field with concussion
- The incident was judged to be careless conduct, high-contact/high-impact
- Cripps will miss the rest of the home-and-away season if the ban is upheld
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.
“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.”
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