The swell faced a tough test case on Tuesday night when Western Bulldogs’ Zain Cordy was taken straight to the tribunal for a disrespectful tackle on GWS’s Tanner Brown.
Cordy came shoulder-to-shoulder with Bruh in the Bulldogs’ Round 22 win, sending the young Giant to the ground where he hit his head on the Marvel Stadium pitch.
Bright had a shocker, but Cordy was waiting for teammate Ed Richards when the action took place within a legal five yards of the ball.
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The perplexing elements of the case saw it sent straight to court without being weighed by match review officer Michael Christian.
Western Bulldogs’ Zane Cordy and GWS Giants’ Tanner Brown are reviewed for an incident during the fourth quarter of the Round 22 match between the Western Bulldogs and the GWS Giants at Marvel Stadium on Saturday 13 August 2022. The AFL said in a statement.
“The notice of the suit has been sent directly to the Tribunal.
“The incident is unprecedented.
“Cordy couldn’t accept an earlier plea.”
The most recent incident, which saw a previously uninitiated tribunal, was Eric Hipwood’s umpire’s connection between Ryan Gardner and Jacob Mollison in Round 16.
“Zane Cordy ran past the ball and hit Tanner Brune inside the legal five-metre limit. He didn’t hit his head, it was shoulder-to-shoulder,” Herald Sun reporter John Ralph explained on Fox Footy on Sunday.
“But Brun is confused – maybe after that shepherd when his head hit the ground. This is a very difficult case for Michael Christian to judge.