Essendon defender Mark Baguley was last night cleared by the Match Review Panel, after successfully appealing his one match ban for striking St. Kilda’s Jack Lonie.
Baguley, who was offered a one match ban by the MRP, pleady guilty to striking, but had the charge downgraded from high contact to body contact, reducing his penalty from a one game suspension, to a $1,500 fine.
The defender accused Lonie of “faking it,” when he fell to ground after the contact.
The jury of Wayne Henwood, Shane Wakelin and Daniel Harford took 32 minutes to make their decision, after a marathon 90-minute hearing.
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