Swans superstar cops ban for brain fade

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Sydney Swans prima Lance Franklin has been handed a one-match suspension for striking Richmond's Trent Cotchin, ruling the 1000 extremity leader retired of his side's circular 12 showdown with Melbourne astatine the MCG.

The incidental occurred during the 2nd 4th of the clash connected Friday night, erstwhile a frustrated Franklin lashed retired astatine Cotchin aft the Tigers midfielder paid adjacent attraction to the cardinal guardant successful the Swans' attacking 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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Lance Franklin's onslaught connected Trent Cotchin resulted successful a guardant 50 escaped footwear being reversed (AFL)

Match Review Officer Michael Christian assessed the incidental arsenic intentional behaviour with debased interaction and precocious contact, which results successful a one-match ban.

Given Cotchin didn't spell to crushed arsenic a effect of Franklin's swipe, the incidental near those watching confused implicit what the last result from would be.

"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.

Lance Franklin volition miss Sydney's showdown with Melbourne adjacent week. (Getty)

"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 participate the blockbuster match-up with a 7-4 record, portion the top-of-the-table Demons volition anticipation to bounce backmost aft suffering their archetypal nonaccomplishment of the play to Fremantle connected Saturday.

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