Shaun Burgoyne has again dodged a suspension from match review officer Michael Christian despite laying another dangerous tackle on the weekend.
Hawthorn veteran Burgoyne was cited by Christian for a sling tackle applied to Sydney youngster James Rowbottom during the Swans’ narrow win over the Hawks at the SCG on Saturday.
The fact Rowbottom played out the game ultimately spared Burgoyne from suspension, with the incident deemed careless contact to the head with low impact. As it was Burgoyne’s second offence he was fined $2500 and can accept a $1500 fine with an early plea.
Burgoyne had already avoided suspension for an incident in round two in which he laid a dangerous tackle on Patrick Dangerfield of Geelong, after which the AFL changed the rules surrounding dangerous tackles, placing greater emphasis on a tackle’s potential to cause injury.
Meanwhile Carlton captain Patrick Cripps and North Melbourne hard nut Jed Anderson have both been fined for wrestling during the Blues’ win over North on Saturday at the Gabba. Port Adelaide’s Zak Butters can also accept a fine for rough conduct made to former teammate Paddy Ryder during St Kilda’s victory over the Power on Saturday night.