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Fremantle Dockers defender Taylin Duman’s suspension cut down to one match

Fremantle defender Taylin Duman has had a two-match suspension reduced to one week after the AFL tribunal agreed with Fremantle’s argument that the contact he made with GWS midfielder Lachie Whitfield was low rather than medium.
The tribunal jury took less than five minutes to reduce the suspension after accepting the Dockers’ claim that Whitfield had been struck with an open hand which had glanced off his shoulder onto his chin.
Whitfield told the AFL tribunal that Duman hit him with an open hand in a pushing motion after a push and shove between the pair just before three quarter time in Fremantle’s win against the Giants in Canberra on Saturday.
His impression was that the Docker would be fined and not suspended because of the force of the blow, he said.
Speaking as the Dockers tried to get the level of impact of the blow downgraded from medium to low, Whitfield assessed the force of the blow and the pain it caused as a three out of ten which became zero out of ten within 10 to 15 seconds.
He said he went down on his haunches because he was surprised but only underwent a “five second” assessment on the boundary to make sure his mouth wasn’t cut and there was no structural damage to his jaw.
“The first point of contact was my shoulder,” Whitfield said. “His hand has clipped my shoulder and slipped up and clipped me across the face. It didn’t feel like it was a closed fist. I would say it was an open hand. It didn’t draw blood. It shocked me and it hurt a bit but there was no lingering effect.”
After the hearing Duman said he was pleased that Whitfield had suffered no injury but was disappointed that he would not be able to play in Saturday night’s Len Hall game against the Bulldogs.
“I am happy the tribunal accepted our argument and reduced the ban by one match but I am disappointed I won’t be able to face the Bulldogs in the Len Hall tribute match,” he said.
Duman will miss this weekend’s home clash with the Western Bulldogs but will now be available for the road fixture against Adelaide in Round 7.
In other Match Review news, Geelong’s Tom Hawkins will be free to face the Eagles this weekend after he avoided a ban for a hit on Hawthorn’s James Sicily yesterday.
Match Review Officer Michael Christian deemed the strike intentional with low impact to the body, resulting in a $2000 fine.

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