MRO hands down findings on Horne-Francis’ swinging arm

Jason Horne-Francis has been offered a two-match suspension for a high strike on Josh Kelly.

The incident occurred in the third quarter of North Melbourne’s 49-point loss to GWS on Sunday afternoon, Horne-Francis catching Kelly late with a raised arm that left the star Giant on the turf.

Match Review Officer Michael Christian handed down his grading of the incident on Monday evening, judging it to be incidental conduct, medium impact and high contact.

Horne-Francis finished the game with just eight touches, his lowest tally of the year.

With the Kangaroos having the bye in Round 13, Horne-Francis will miss his side’s game against Adelaide the following week and Geelong in Round 15.

Fellow Roo Lachie Young was also charged for an incident in the third quarter against Matt De Boer.

He can accept a one-match suspension for rough conduct after Christian graded the incident as calreless conduct, medium impact and high contact.




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