Veteran St Kilda ruckman Paddy Ryder has had his two-game suspension upheld by the AFL tribunal on Tuesday evening.
The star, who has played 270 AFL games, and is now into his third season at the Saints following stints at Essendon and Port Adelaide, was charged for a bump on Hawthorn's Will Day during the weekend's clash with the Hawks.
The incident was graded at the conclusion of the clash as "careless conduct with high impact and high conduct."
The clash, which occurred after Day had kicked the ball from the middle of the ground, saw Ryder collide with him front on, with Day now set to miss Hawthorn's Easter Monday clash with Geelong.
St Kilda attempted to argue that the hit from Ryder was 'medium,' rather than 'high,' but didn't attempt to dispute the careless conduct or high contact.
Jack Rush QC, who represented the Saints and Ryder, relied heavily on a hit from Tim English on Nick Blakey in Round 3 (which escaped charge) as evidence that the contact by Ryder wasn't worthy of the charge.
No case to answer for
2 week suspension pic.twitter.com/fuUsxNzkyk
— Tim Rosen (@timrosen35) April 11, 2022
He also used a number of previous similar hits from last season - Sam Reid's bump on Nat Fyfe, Jordan De Goey on Clayton Oliver in 2021 and Levi Casboult's bump on Alex Pearce - to argue the charge for Ryder was too severe.
Rush also argued that a concussion didn't mean the impact was high.
"Just because there is concussion doesn't necessarily mean the contact is high - that should not be the predominant decider in categorisation of impact," Rush said.
Am I alone in thinking the Tim English bump was actually much worse than Paddy Ryder's? 🤔
— Nick Splitter (@nicksplitter) April 11, 2022
The AFL disputed several aspects of Rush's submissions, and the jury concluded that the impact was indeed high, finding the contact to the head from Ryder was forceful, while also rejecting the other examples being of any significant assistance to Ryder.
The two-week ban for Ryder means he will miss games against the Gold Coast Suns and GWS Giants in the coming fortnight.