Sport MRP hands fines to Richmond's Dustin Martin, Tiger still eligible for Brownlow Medal

13:21  17 july  2017
13:21  17 july  2017 Source:   The Age

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Dustin Martin is still eligible for the Brownlow Medal but is on notice for the rest of the home and away season, after receiving fines for two separate incidents in Sunday's win over Brisbane.

Martin can count himself lucky after the match review panel deemed the contact he made to Nick Robertson's face as careless conduct.

The MRP believed the hit didn't have the hallmarks of a punch and was more of a reaching motion, in an incident that saw Robertson fall to the ground clutching his eye.

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But Martin, like teammate and captain Trent Cotchin, is now on two fines for the remainder of the season, meaning he's one fine away from being given a suspension.

To rub salt into the wounds for the Lions, Robertson has been offered a one week suspension for his headbutt on Cotchin while he's also been fined for kneeing Martin during a spiteful duel at Etihad Stadium.

Martin retaliated to the constant close attention from Robertson in the third quarter and appeared to collect the Lion with his left hand.

Dustin Martin has been handed fines by the match review panel. © AAP Dustin Martin has been handed fines by the match review panel. The MRP only had one angle available to them so had to make a call based on limited vision.

They concluded that while Martin wanted to make contact with his left arm, the action wasn't a typical striking motion and therefore deemed the contact to be careless.

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Martin was also fined for an earlier incident involving Lewis Taylor, which saw Martin bump the Lion after a goal.

The two incidents combined mean Martin will be on tenterhooks for the remaining six weeks of the year.

In other news from round 17, Melbourne's Bernie Vince is set to sit out the next fortnight after receiving a two-week suspension for his hit on Adelaide star Eddie Betts. In addition, Vince has been fined for a separate hit on Richard Douglas.

The incident from Saturday night's loss to the Crows was graded as intentional conduct with low impact to the head, but his bad record means the ban stays at two weeks.

From the same game, Adelaide captain Taylor Walker has been handed a fine for his strike on Jordan Lewis

Tigers coach impressed by Dusty's agitator .
Richmond coach Damien Hardwick believes there's still a place in the AFL for hard tags after Dustin Martin's rough treatment last week.Tigers superstar Martin was niggled relentlessly by Brisbane's Nick Robertson during the third quarter of last Sunday's clash at Etihad Stadium.

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