Nathan Fyfe cleared for Brownlow Medal tilt

NATHAN Fyfe's Brownlow Medal hopes are still alive after the Match Review Panel cleared the Dockers midfielder (pictured) of a rough conduct charge from Sunday's 11-point loss to North Melbourne.

Fyfe was reported during the game after making front-on contact with Ben Jacobs, but the MRP decided he was trying to make a legitimate attempt to win the loose ball.

It classified the high contact to Jacob's face as "incidental", contending the subsequent free kick was the appropriate penalty.

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Although Fyfe's body then followed through and hit Jacobs' chest, the panel said there was insufficient forceful high contact to see him receive a third fine following two previous low-grade incidents this season.

A third financial sanction would have incurred an automatic one-week suspension for Fyfe and ruled him out of the Brownlow race.

He will now be free to play against Melbourne in Perth on Sunday, with a win sewing up a top-two position for the club.

Meanwhile, Hawthorn captain Luke Hodge wasn't so fortunate, handed a two-game suspension for his dangerous bump on Port Adelaide's Chad Wingard on Friday night.

Provided he takes an early guilty plea, Hodge will miss the final two games of the home-and-away season, in which Hawthorn will play Brisbane and Carlton.

Hodge was the only player suspended after the weekend's games, with the report against Collingwood's Jarryd Blair, for forceful front-on conduct against Richmond's Anthony Miles, thrown out.


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