The incidental occurred successful the archetypal fractional of the 2 teams' clash astatine the SCG, erstwhile a frustrated Franklin lashed retired astatine Cotchin aft the Tigers midfielder paid adjacent attraction to the Swans prima successful the guardant 50.
Franklin was initially awarded a escaped footwear for holding the antheral arsenic helium tussled with Cotchin, earlier a brace of right-handed strikes to Cotchin's jaw resulted successful the escaped footwear being reversed.
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While the onslaught volition apt beryllium classified arsenic some intentional and precocious by AFL lucifer reappraisal officer, Michael Christian, it remains to beryllium seen what the level of unit is deemed to be, fixed Cotchin didn't spell to crushed arsenic a effect of Franklin's swinging close hand.
The incidental near those watching confused implicit what the result would beryllium for Franklin.
"Either (there was contact) oregon Trent should spell to Hollywood," Collingwood large Nathan Buckley said connected Fox Footy's coverage.
"I've got a sneaking suspicion determination was contact. Definitely interaction and he's thrown it, I don't cognize however you tin reason it isn't deliberate."
AFLW prima Daisy Pearce begged to differ.
"I deliberation he'll beryllium right, I deliberation helium went for a propulsion connected the thorax and slipped a spot high," she said connected Seven's coverage,
"They won't similar the look of it the AFL, but it slipped up high, an unfastened hand, it hardly brushed him and Cotchin played connected fine.
"I deliberation a good astatine worst."
The Swans tin ill-afford to beryllium without Franklin adjacent weekend, with a blockbuster match-up with the undefeated reigning premiers Melbourne connected the horizon.