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Star Fremantle midfielder Nathan Fyfe and Geelong on-baller Taylor Hunt have fallen foul of the AFL’s crackdown on head-high contact.

Fyfe is out for two matches and Hunt accepted a one-game ban after the match review panel charged them with rough conduct.

The Fyfe ban means he is out of contention for the Brownlow Medal.

Fyfe was among early season favourites for the Brownlow.

He was charged with rough conduct for his high contact on Gold Coast’s Michael Rischitelli during Saturday’s match in Perth.

The ban means he will also miss Friday night’s grand final rematch against Hawthorn and also Sunday week’s home clash with Essendon.

Fremantle’s Zac Dawson has taken the early plea on a tripping charge and has been suspended for one match.

Carlton key position player Jarrad Waite accepted a reprimand for the rare charge of staging, while Richmond small forward Jake King received a misconduct fine of $900 for his role in the same incident.

King kicked out and caught Waite in the chest during last Thursday night’s match at the MCG, but Waite reacted as though he had been kicked in the mouth.

Adelaide’s Richard Douglas accepted a $900 fine for negligent umpire contact, Greater Western Sydney co-captain Callan Ward copped a $1950 fine for reckless umpire contact, and Sydney’s Tom Derickx accepted a reprimand for rough conduct against Collingwood captain Scott Pendlebury.

The early pleas mean the AFL tribunal will not sit on Tuesday.

 

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