St Kilda defender Jake Carlisle is set to fall under scrutiny from the Match Review Officer, after appearing to target the broken hand of Sydney star Dane Rampe.
Rampe had a plate and several screws inserted into his right hand on Monday after breaking his hand during last week’s win over the Hawks.
Incredibly, Rampe played out that game and lined up for the Swans on Saturday night.
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With Rampe and Carlisle involved in an off-the-ball scuffle during the third quarter of their Gabba clash, Carlisle appeared to try and hit the right hand of Rampe, which led Sydney forward Tom Papley to come in and remonstrate with the Saint.
The Fox Footy commentary team were far from impressed with Carlisle’s action, with two-time premiership player David King saying there was “really no need for that”, while Brisbane great Alastair Lynch said “we’re well past that in the game these days”.
Western Bulldogs great Brad Johnson told Fox Footy post-game that “the scrutiny is going to come on … you just can’t be doing that, it’s not a great look for anybody. I’m not a fan of that.”
Hawthorn champion Jordan Lewis agreed, saying “it’s just stupid. There is nothing to achieve there. It’s a shocking look for the game and it just didn’t need to happen.”
Players face a $1500 fine ($1000 with a guilty plea) for “Unreasonable or Unnecessary Contact with an Injured Player”.
Fines have been halved in 2020 as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.