Willie Rioli will face the AFL Tribunal today after West Coast opted to challenge the star forward’s one-match ban for bumping Gold Coast young gun Matt Rowell.
Rioli was handed a suspension for rough conduct on Rowell in the third quarter of the Eagles’ clash with the Suns at Optus Stadium.
The contact was deemed careless conduct, medium impact and high contact, resulting in a one-match sanction as a first offence.
The AFL on Tuesday confirmed Rioli would challenge the ban and face the Tribunal at 3.15pm AWST.
The club is yet to reveal the basis of their appeal.
West Coast midfielder Jack Redden labelled the incident a “tough one”.
“He is a pretty hard player and having him in the midfield… I think is really exciting,” Redden said.
“Head high contact is something we all take seriously.”
It comes after Melbourne great Garry Lyon called on West Coast to appeal for an increase in Rioli’s ban, saying that it should be a two-week suspension “minimum”.
“We’re told the Eagles are thinking about appealing this. You know what they should do?,” he said on SEN Breakfast.
“They should appeal the leniency, and say ‘we’re embarrassed, and for the good of the game we’ll add another week on to Willie’.
“Set the standard there, at least two for Willie – minimum two.”
Rory Sloane will also face the Tribunal after the Crows challenged his one-match ban for making contact with the eye region of Fremantle’s Blake Acres during the Dockers’ one-point win at Adelaide Oval.
That incident was deemed intentional conduct, low impact and high contact.
Brisbane has also challenged the one-game suspension handed to veteran Mitch Robinson for engaging in forceful front-on Contact against Port Adelaide’s Xavier Duursma.
That incident was deemed careless conduct, medium impact and high contact.
St Kilda’s Dougal Howard copped a $2000 fine for striking Collingwood’s Mason Cox, which he has challenged in a written submission to the Tribunal. That outcome will be communicated by the AFL on Wednesday.
Fremantle’s Caleb Serong accepted a $2000 fine for striking Adelaide’s Jordan Butts, while Gold Coast’s Will Powell will hand over $1000 for tripping West Coast’s Jack Petrecelle.
Essendon’s Sam Draper accepted a $2000 fine for striking Geelong’s Esava Ratugolea.