Nat Fyfe’s suspension upheld, champ out of Brownlow Medal running

Nat Fyfe. Picture: Daniel Carson/AFL Media/Getty Images
Nat Fyfe. Picture: Daniel Carson/AFL Media/Getty Images

FREMANTLE skipper Nat Fyfe is out of the running to win the Brownlow Medal after he failed to have his striking charge downgraded at the AFL tribunal.

The Dockers superstar was favourite to win the game’s highest individual honour but is now ineligible after the tribunal upheld his one-match ban on Tuesday evening.

AFL match review officer Michael Christian assessed Fyfe’s crude forearm to the head of Collingwood’s Levi Greenwood as intentional conduct with low impact to the head.

Nick Tweedie QC entered a guilty plea to careless conduct on Fyfe’s behalf, who appeared via video link from Perth.

Fyfe told the tribunal that his action was an instinctive response to protect himself when he saw Greenwood’s fist coming toward his face.

The Dockers showed four video examples of careless conduct during the hour-long hearing at Etihad Stadium.

But the jury upheld his one-match ban after a lengthy 23 minutes of deliberation.

The 26-year-old had been sitting atop the Brownlow Medal betting charts having averaged just more than 30 possessions across 11 games and booted eight goals this season.

He didn’t risk a longer ban if he was unsuccessful and will miss Sunday’s clash against Adelaide at Optus Stadium as a result.

Fremantle will also be required to pay a fee of $10,000.

Fyfe was ineligible for the 2014 Brownlow because of suspension.

– AAP