Lance Franklin’s ability to reach the 1000 goal milestone this season could be pushed out of reach after a late elbow that is likely to see him suspended.
— SuperFooty (AFL) (@superfooty) July 25, 2021
Franklin hit Ryan whilst being tackled by the All-Australian defender, with the hit being graded as careless conduct, medium impact and high contact.
The veteran's defense argued for low impact rather than medium.
The star Swan was offered a one-game ban with an early plea, leaving him in a race against the clock this season to reach the 1000 goal mark.
After challenging the verdict, the AFL Tribunal declared Franklin free to face Essendon in Round 20.