With Stephenson’s three multis involving legs including himself and his side, The Age are reporting he cost himself a leg of his own multi, following a goal in the dying stages of his side’s win over St Kilda in round nine.
Stephenson had the Pies to win but not by over 39 points, and found himself with the ball 60m out with only a couple of minutes remaining.
The 20-year-old then launched a barrel from inside the centre square, extending the margin from 40 points to 46.
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This incident proved to be vital in the AFL integrity unit’s clearing of Stephenson of match-fixing, which heavily reduced his sentence.
“The investigation concluded there was no evidence to suggest there was any intent to influence the outcomes within the contests in relation to the bets,” AFL general counsel Andrew Dillon said when he announced the forward’s penalty.