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Irish Aussie Rules Player Suspended For Biting Incident

Irish Aussie Rules Player Suspended For Biting Incident

Tyrone's Conor McKenna has been banned for three matches by the AFL for biting an opponent in Essendon's recent game against the Western Bulldogs.

McKenna was charged with serious misconduct after the incident and referred directly to a tribunal following the incident. You can watch it below:

McKenna submitted a guilty plea to the tribunal, and has now been suspended for three weeks.

AFL.com carry some quotes from McKenna from after the tribunal as he expressed remorse over his actions.

I take responsibility for my actions. I'm very sorry for what I've done and am looking forward to moving on and getting on with the season.

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McKenna's legal representative, Adrian Anderson, argued that a two-match suspension was sufficient, citing the precedent set by the two-week suspension of West Coast's Chris Masten for biting Fremantle's Nick Suban in 2015. The tribunal arrived at three games, however, as they ruled that McKenna's bite had been to [opponent Tory]Dickson's neck, "which had involved greater potential for serious injury and infection". Masten, by contrast, sank his teeth in Suban's forearm.

Tadhg Kennelly provided a character reference for McKenna via a conference call, saying he had known McKenna for five years and had "always known him to play football in the right spirit".

The full report is on the AFL's website.

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Gavin Cooney
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