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Suspicion surrounds the Stengle and Hunter penalties.

Postby Fat Side on Tue Apr 21, 2020 7:29 pm

I don't intend to discuss the incidents per se as the matters are no doubt before the courts, but both the Crows and Bulldogs have handed out four week suspensions.

Four games and $5k fine to the Bulldogs (ex) Vice Captain (and a $15k suspended fine)
Four games and $2.5k fine to the Crows forward

The four match suspensions suggest to me that the clubs were discussing potential penalties with each other. This is no coincidence. Although the incidents involve alleged drink driving (yet to be proven in court), clearly the allegations surrounding Hunter's incident are significantly more serious. If Stengle gets four then, to my mind, Hunter gets six or, if four is appropriate for Hunter, Stengle gets less. The extra $2.5k is all that separates the club imposed penalties. Forget the suspended fine, he'll behave.

Given that players have taken a huge wage cut, the best way to penalise a player is games missed.
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