Fremantle coach Justin Longmuir has labelled the consistency of the AFL’s judicial system as “questionable” following Andrew Brayshaw’s one-match ban.
Brayshaw was unsuccessful at the AFL Tribunal in his bid to overturn the suspension he received for making “unnecessary or unreasonable contact” to the eye region of Brisbane’s Jarrod Berry.
The Dockers considered sending the issue to the AFL Appeals Board, but they were advised against it by lawyers.
Some were left confused by Brayshaw’s ban, especially after Geelong skipper Joel Selwood escaped suspension for making ugly contact to the face of Bulldogs forward Bailey Dale in June.
“I know our fans are frustrated at Andy’s one-week penalty,” Longmuir said.
“And I understand that when they look at other incidents that maybe get off or don’t even get cited.”
When asked whether the whole system needs to be looked at, Longmuir replied: “That’s for people higher than me to have a view on. I think we should always be searching for the most consistent outcomes we can, and at the moment that’s questionable.”
Brayshaw will miss Sunday’s clash with West Coast in what is a major blow to Fremantle’s hopes of ending an 11-match western derby losing streak.
The 12th-placed Dockers (9-11) need to beat West Coast and St Kilda to have a chance of reaching the finals, and Longmuir wants his team to put it all on the line.
Longmuir flagged giving Connor Blakely and Darcy Tucker more time in inside-mid roles in order to fill the void left by Brayshaw this week.
The Dockers will also be without defender Nathan Wilson (ankle).
“It’s never easy to replace your better players and in-form players, but we feel we’ve got the personnel there to do it,” Longmuir said.
Seventh-placed West Coast (10-10) are one win clear of ninth spot, but they may also need to win their last two games in order to reach the finals.