The tribunal deemed the conduct to be intentional, high contact and high impact, with Silvagni pleading guilty as charged.
West Coast’s Chris Masten has been suspended for two weeks after being found guilty of biting Nick Suban after a long and tense hearing. West Coast argued: “Suban’s actions were completely unnecesaary. He was trying to roughen him (Masten) up by climbing on his back and throwing his forearm in Masten’s face & mouth. The result of that is Masten’s mouth and face were pressed into Suban’s forearm.”
The Eagles’ lawyer asked the jury to find Masten’s actions “an instinctive or involuntary reaction to the situation he was in.”
However, the tribunal found Masten guilty of biting, suspending him for two matches.