Viney suspended after 'nonsense' defence fails

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Melbourne Demons prima Jack Viney volition miss 2 matches aft being suspended for superior misconduct successful a wrestle with Gold Coast Suns defender Sam Collins.

Viney disputed the allegation of forceful interaction to Collins' cervix in their lucifer connected Saturday astatine Marvel Stadium. The midfielder chose to retreat his blameworthy plea during the Tribunal proceeding connected Tuesday night, contempt initially pleading guilty, and arsenic a result, helium volition present beryllium retired 2 games.

Viney is suspended for the Demons' clash against the West Coast Eagles adjacent Monday and the pursuing round's fixture against the Adelaide Crows.

Jack Viney (AFL)

The Tribunal assemblage of Paul Williams, Wayne Henwood and Shane Wakelin did not hold with Viney's archetypal assertion that helium lone made interaction with Collins' jaw arsenic they wrestled each other, and recovered him guilty.

"[It] Isn't a large look for the athletics and I judge my work successful escalating the situation," Viney told the proceeding via video call, earlier disagreeing with the Tribunal that his actions were unsportsmanlike.

"It was much a amusement of defence. I didn't privation to get rolled implicit and him beryllium connected apical of me.

"That was the presumption I was pulled into."

Viney besides said that Collins dared the Demons prima to deed him.

AFL counsel Jeff Gleeson argued it was successful information a amusement of force, and that Viney's defence assertion was "nonsense".

Collins was not injured arsenic a effect of the melee, and helium was not called upon to springiness grounds during the lengthy Tribunal hearing.

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