Blues considering appeal over Plowman verdict

Carlton is strongly considering an appeal after defender Lachie Plowman’s two-match suspension was upheld by the AFL Tribunal.

Despite Carlton and Plowman himself arguing that his clash with Hawthorn star Jaeger O’Meara was incidental, the tribunal ruled that Plowman had executed a late bump.

According to Nine News’ Ayrton Woolley, the decision has left Blues bosses “very frustrated”, with the club weighing up a potential appeal.

The Tribunal reached its verdict after a marathon two-hour hearing which saw both sides get into a heated debate over whether the entire incident was a marking contest or not.

“I didn’t make any election (to bump), I had all eyes on the ball,” Plowman told the Tribunal. “My pure focus was the ball.

“I was taking the dangerous space away, I have run in a straight line, continued on my way and attacked the ball.”

However, Tribunal chairman Ross Howie did not see eye-to-eye with the 26-year-old.

“He was aware of the presence of player O’Meara while O’Meara was not aware of Plowman,” Howie said.

“They find that Plowman had effected a bump and was guilty of a charge of rough conduct.”

The two-match ban means Plowman will miss Carlton’s matches against the Sydney Swans and West Coast over the next fortnight.

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