Panel set to punish Broughton’s slide
Fremantle’s Greg Broughton is expected today to become the latest player punished for a dangerous slide.
The Fremantle defender is likely to attract match review panel attention for an incident in Saturday night’s match against the Gold Coast that resulted in his opponent David Swallow receiving treatment for an ankle injury.
Broughton and Swallow were pursuing a loose ball immediately before the incident occurred. While Broughton was slightly ahead of Swallow, he ensured he would get to the ball first by sliding across into Swallow’s path while reaching forward for the ball. Swallow’s ankle seemingly became wedged between Broughton’s legs.
Swallow played on with a strapped ankle after the second-quarter incident, although by that stage substitution was not an option for the Suns because the horrific first-quarter injury to Nathan Bock(broken leg) had forced them to act early.
If Broughton is charged with rough conduct, the incident is likely to be considered negligent conduct. When combined with body contact and low or medium impact, the overall penalty would be 125 points.
As Broughton, a fourth-year player, has never faced a points-based penalty from the MRP before, he could reduce that expected penalty to a reprimand and 93.75 carry-over points, which would ensure his eligibility for the Dockers’ home match against Port Adelaide on Sunday.