MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 06: Sam Mitchell of the Hawks is held by Nathan Jones of the Demons after striking Melbourne forward Jack Watts and making contact to his face during the round 20 AFL match between the Melbourne Demons and the Hawthorn Hawks at Melbourne Cricket Ground on August 6, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Round 20 MRP results

Hawthorn’s Sam Mitchell is free to play in this week’s clash with North Melbourne after being cleared for his hit on Melbourne’s Jack Watts during the Hawks’ loss to the Demons on Saturday afternoon.

The Match Review Panel said that the contact to Watts’ face was made with open hand rather than a fist.

Fellow Hawk Cyril Rioli has escaped also suspension, receiving a $1,000 fine for engaging in rough conduct on Melbourne’s Clayton Oliver.

Meanwhile, teammate James Sicily can accept a one game ban for striking Bernie Vince.

St Kilda’s Blake Acres can accept a $1,000 sanction for striking Carlton’s Matthew Kreuzer.

North Melbourne’s Jed Anderson can accept a $1,500 sanction for engaging in rough conduct on Lin Jong.

Sydney’s Luke Parker has been cleared by the MRP over his contact on Port Adelaide’s Chad Wingard.

The MRP decided that Parker was attempting to take possession of the ball when high contact was made, with his action deemed not a reportable offence.

Port’s Paul Stewart was also cleared over contact with Sydney’s Isaac Heeney, with the MRP deciding that high contact was caused “by circumstances outside of Stewart’s control”.

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