St Kilda’s Nathan Brown straight to AFL tribunal
St Kilda defender Nathan Brown collected Adam Saad with a bump on Friday night.
St Kilda veteran Nathan Brown has been sent straight to the AFL tribunal over the savage bump that left Essendon's Adam Saad concussed.
Brown caught Saad unawares with a heavy bump late in the first term of Friday night's Etihad Stadium clash.
AFL match review officer Michael Christian assessed the contact as intentional conduct with high impact to the head.
If found guilty, Brown would be likely to miss the rest of the season.
Play was held up for nearly five minutes as Saad was stretchered from the field.
He was sitting on the bench by the end of the game but there is some hope he might be available for Friday night's match against Richmond.
But even Saints coach Alan Richardson conceded the incident did not look good for Brown, admitting the bump "was late".
Essendon coach John Worsfold said the incident was "disappointing".
Meanwhile, Bombers tall Cale Hooker can accept a $1500 fine for misconduct on the Saints' Daniel McKenzie in the third quarter of the at-times spiteful affair.
He collected McKenzie high with a swinging arm, meaning Hooker's initial free kick was reversed.
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