The AFL has announced a complete overhaul of the League’s match review system, scraping the Match Review Panel.
With the panel abandoned, Michael Christian, who has previously worked on the Laws of the Game committee and MRP, has been installed as the AFL’s match review officer.
Christian will judge incidents with a new table of classifiable offences, with the final decision to be ratified by the AFL’s new football operations boss Steve Hocking.
As well as the abandonment of the MRP, sanctions will be handed down far quicker than the usual Monday afternoon.
For Thursday night games, the decision on any incidents will be released by 5pm on Friday, and for Friday night games by 5pm on Saturday.
For Saturday and Sunday games will still be assessed on Monday afternoons.
Tribunal hearings will still be held on Tuesday nights.
The League has also completely revamped the fines system with financial sanctions to significantly increase.
The base sanction for the first offence will rise from $1,500 to $3,000, with a second offence rising to $5,000 and a third offence now costing players $8,000. An early guilty plea would reduce the financial sanctions.
In 2017, if a club challenged a ban and fails, it must pay $10,000.