Hodge hits see Cats banned as Gibson safe

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AFL: Hawthorn veteran Luke Hodge has copped a beating from the Geelong Cats during their clash on Easter Monday.

Luke Hodge is seen after being struck by James Parsons on Easter Monday. (AAP Image/Julian Smith)

Max LaughtonFOX SPORTS

GEELONG pair Sam Menegola and James Parsons have both been offered suspensions for their hits on Hawthorn veteran Luke Hodge on Easter Monday.

But Hawk Josh Gibson has been cleared of a bump which knocked out Cat Tom Ruggles and forced him out of the game in a decision that mirrors Jack Ziebell’s bump on Travis Cloke on Good Friday.

Youngster Parsons can accept a two-game ban for striking Hodge after collecting him with an elbow to the jaw in the middle of the MCG.

His teammate Menegola can accept a one-game suspension for rough conduct on Hodge after a sling tackle on the former Hawthorn skipper.

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Gibson’s hit on Ruggles, which took place in the second quarter of the clash, was judged as not unreasonable in the circumstances by the Match Review Panel.

“Gibson comes from the side to provide a block for his teammate. Gibson makes body to body contact with Ruggles and, in the course of that contact, the players’ heads clash,” the MRP said.

“On the MRP guidelines around rough conduct that covers head clashes, it was the view of the panel that the degree of force in Gibson’s block was not excessive for the situation.

“The panel’s view was that Ruggles was involved in the play when contact was made by Gibson as he was seeking to pressure smith, Gibson did not run a long distance to support his teammate and Gibson did not jump or leave the ground to make contact with his Geelong opponent.

“On consideration of all those factors, the panel’s view was that Gibson’s actions were not unreasonable in the circumstances.”

Originally published as Hodge hits see Cats banned as Gibson safe

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