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Solomon set for trip to AFL tribunal
By Roger Vaughan
20:36 AEST Sun Jul 13 2008
  Have your say on Solomon's hit on Ling.

The AFL match review panel will most likely send Fremantle utility Dean Solomon directly to the tribunal for his crude hit on Geelong midfielder Cameron Ling.

The contact from Solomon's raised elbow left Ling with a depressed fracture of the cheekbone and he had surgery on Sunday, putting him out of action for three to four weeks.

The panel last referred a case directly to the tribunal after Sydney key forward Barry Hall knocked out West Coast defender Brent Staker in their round-four clash.

Hall received a seven-game ban and the same punishment would end Solomon's season.

Solomon took the extraordinary step soon after Saturday's game of fronting the media to apologise for the incident and he stressed he would plead guilty.

Solomon is already on report and the best he can hope for is that the match review panel classifies the incident as a level-five offence.

Once his 30 per cent loading and carryover points for prior offences are also considered, a guilty plea would leave him with a four-match ban.

But given the seriousness of the incident, the more likely scenario is that the panel will leave it to the tribunal on Tuesday night to decide Solomon's punishment.

Speaking on Channel Seven's AFL Game Day on Sunday morning, injured Dockers midfielder Paul Hasleby said coach Mark Harvey was unimpressed by Solomon's brain snap.

"His (Harvey's) initial reaction was he might be out of action for a few weeks and he was disappointed with it, we don't encourage that sort of behaviour on the field," Hasleby said.

"To Dean Solomon's credit, what he did after the game was terrific, he approached the match committee and said `look, I feel really bad about what happened'.

"He didn't do it (the apology) for his own benefit and he was bitterly upset with what happened.

"Those who know Dean Solomon, he's a tremendous character and he's disappointed with that."

Hasleby acknowledged that the Dockers have an atrocious tribunal record, but said it had improved this season.

"By no way am I condoning what happened, but those people who know Dean Solomon, it's not his nature to do that type of thing," he said.

Geelong were tight-lipped over the incident, but acknowledged Solomon's remorse.

"We respect the fact that he felt the need to publicly apologise," said Cats football manager Neil Balme.

Several other incidents from the spiteful game will also come under video review, including an incident where Cats defender Josh Hunt made contact with David Mundy.

Sydney forward Amon Buchanan is another player set to face video scrutiny for his forceful contact with the head of Hawthorn star Luke Hodge just before halftime at the MCG.

The incident left Hodge, one of the league's toughest players, stunned for several seconds.

But he managed to play out the match.

West Coast onballer Daniel Kerr made contact with Richmond's Matt White late on Sunday, collecting him in the back of the head.

Should the tribunal end Solomon's season?
Did the Dockers take the tough guy stuff way too far?
Was Solomon's elbow worse than Hall's punch?
Did the Cats prove that nothing will stop them defending their title?

User comments
I think dean soloman should be banned from the game for life. He is such a dirty player just like the rest of the dockers.. they are all dirty players. They need to grow up and learn some respect for their fellow players.
Dean Solomon should be baned from the game first of all he is a docker and the dockers do not belong in the comp and dean has been reported for the same thing before ban him i say
Has anybody else noticed that the West Coast teams seem to be treated more harshly than the East Coast Teams by the AFL (I am sure it has reverted to the VFL. Geelong are dirty players and you can see by the free kicks awarded in the first quarter the umpires tried their hardest to stop it. Soloman's hit was unwarrented as was Kerr's but we see that week after week and nothing done to the Vics. Remember Fevola punching Glass in the stomach when West Coast played Carlton - nothing. Is it because Dimit????? barracks for them?????
Yes it seems that much of the thuggery associated with rugby football is creeping into the once relatively clean AFL competition. What happened to playing the ball and not the man??
you *** in geelong have a good look at your bloody self, your players got away with murder, things other players get games for. yes Deans hit was wrong and deserves what he gets but Jimmy Bartel made head high contact with Rhys Palmer nothing!!!!! Same thing happen with Brett Burton he got two weeks. Josh Hunt upper cutted a docker nothing!!!!! And Daniel Kerr gets three weeks. Thats just two things but there was alot more that happen. So you tell me whats fair, get off Deans back you one eyed ***. *** happens in a contact sport.
I DO NOT CONDONE THE HIT ON STAKER BY BARRY HALL BUT LETS GET REAL SOLOMON NEEDS TO GET AT LEAST THE REST OF THE SEASON OUT AS STAKER WAS CONCUSED AND BACK ON HIS FEET SOON AFTER WHERE LING WILL SPEND UP TO FOUR WEEKS ON THE SIDELINE FOR SOMETHING HE DID NOT DO SO SOLOMON SHOULD GET SEVEN MATCH BAN LIKE HALL BUT STARTS WHEN LING RETURNS TO THE FIELD TO PLAY AND MELBOURNE TEAMS ARE NOT THE ONLY PROTECTED TEAMS IN THE LEAGUE LOOK AT BRISBANE LIONS HOW OFTEN THEY GET OFF SO GIVE UP BAGGING OTHER TEAMS AND LETS JUST ENJOY THE FOOTBALL .
Hey, if any of you can remember, Mark Bickley (Adelaide Crows) line Darryl Wakelin (Power) up and fair square, deliberately smashed him in the face with his fist. Punishment - 5 games. Wakelin's punishment....steel plates in his face and missed out on playing finals. Sick of hearing about Barry Hall by the way. Yes it was a punch, but no broken bones on the guy (lucky for Barry!)And yes silly Dean Soloman he knows it, he has to live with it. Give the guy a break.... He will take his punishment and try and put it behind him. As for Bickley and his punch...shame on you...
I think that the barry hall hit was worse than the dean soloman hit. But still this shouldn't happen in the AFL. Players are wrecking the game by doing this! I think dean's suspension should be 15 weeks! He hit ling on purpose and deserves everything he gets!
It just makes one wonder what is going through some of these guys heads prior to commiting such a cowardly act. Both Solomon
Much worse than Hall's hit on Staker. If I had the choice to be hit by a fist or an elbow I would choose the fist every time.
cameron ling deserves to be hit with a head like that....
From what i've read of people's outrage of Soloman's hit.. Jeezus, go back and watch 'Biffs Bumps and Brawlers' and get a bloody education.. This is NOT an unprecedented act of violence in the game, nor was it as hate filled or anger driven. It was a split second accident, not a split second urge to kill someone Like Bazza. Soloman just belongs in last decade's game, not this one unfortunately.
Solomons elbow on Ling was high, agree, but there is only a couple of inches between high and not high. His elbow was therefore reckless, not intentional!!! If Ling hadnt ducked slightly when he saw it coming the contact would have been to his shoulder and nothing would have been said about it. It was the forseen impact from Solomon that caused the elbow to come away from his body! All you people who want *** footing games of football, go to the UK and watch 'footballers' throw themselves on the ground when they break a nail! Leave AFL to the men...I say bring back the 80's and 90's when you could actually bump people without risk of being suspended!
It amazes me how some people are still defending Hall after his punch, and then after returning from suspension, his attempted punch. Sure he didnt make contact, but the thought process was STILL there, even after he has been seeing a psychologist. He's a danger to himself not to mention all those that play on him. Solomon's history says enough also. It was uncalled for and dangerous for Ling. Solomon never plays the ball it's always the man, and he'll do anything to put his mark on them, just showing his reckless behaviour that needed addressing long before he went to Fremantle. Both footballers, if you can even call them that, deserve lengthy suspensions for their actions. As other people have commented though, the AFL wasnt hard enough on Hall, so Solomon is likely to face 4-5 weeks max.
About time someone knocked blood nuts head off. Pay back ling!!back next week solly
How many non Vics are there on the match review panel? Can a Vic based player make head high contact with a non Vic based player and get away with it? Of course they can. It happens every week and nothing. Leigh Matthews called Goodes a protected species, the only protected species is Geelong.
For goodness sake - hasnt the Barry Hall incident been dealt with - end of it!!! ANY player who injures another player deliberately should be dealt with severely. Ling is on the sidelines for at least a month with a broken cheekbone, I would say that was worse than concussion for a week! Dont compare the incidents, they were different days, different games, different players, and one has been dealt with, and the other WILL be dealt with. I am sure EVERYONE is sick of hearing about the Barry Hall kinghit, leave him to sort out his situation - what you guys have never lost your cool????!!
was a cheap shot. deserves a good stint on the sideline!
As someone previously said Les Boyd was suspended for 20 weeks and as an Australian Rep it costing a lot of money and his reputation suffered. Solomon's hit on Ling its definitely worst than Barry Hall's punch. One is a reaction to niggling and should have been 10 weeks not 7. The other if you look at the replay you can see Solomon adjusting when Ling moves and still hit him with the full force of the raised elbow with generally speaking does do more damage than any punch.
Solomon is no animal, And yes Barry's hit was worse. All you armchair sportsman need to get over it, Do any of you realise how hard a game it is to play at an elite level??? The man is a shimmer of light in the Dockers team at the moment and I would stand by him any day. GO SOLLY YOU LEGEND. Back off Melbournites....
Solomons hit was the weakest hit i have seen.Why didnt he wait outside after the game with a cricket bat,because he would have been put in jail.Its a tough game but no room for cheap shots like this.How is halls brain snap worse than this they are both idiots LIFE BAN FOR BOTH THEN see how many cheap shots are used then.No sport has room for cheap shots like these.
AFl is AFL....it is a contact sport full stop, so Barry hit a guy, as if half the population if not more of AFL players havent...why compare punches..its only going to make matters worse..Barry is a great player and we all know how he use to be a boxer...let that be enough information for any other players out there to not blurt out sly comments on the field, or torment him, because I think we know what he is capible of..I dont want Barry off the swans, I think he is great for the team, without a bif here and there AFL would not be the same! I love the swans and barry =]
yeah, Soloman hit Ling with a high elbow, and the consequence is severe for Ling. Yes, it was a rough game, Yes Fremantle are not playing well, but will everyone just take a Bex and have a lay down before we committ Soloman to Maximum Security in Fremantle Prison!! Our game is over-analyised, over-sanitised, and over-regulated, mostly by media "experts" who have never played the game at an elete level (Wilson, Sheehan, and others) leading the charge with their unqualified opinions, and personal agenda's to "clean up the game". We are destined to see our game evolve into a cross between soccer (now arent they "real men"?), basketball netball and chess. Yes the hit by Soloman deserves time out of the game, but look at it realistically, anything more than 4 weeks will be a complete over reaction by the tribunal, or more importantly another indication that the media leads everyone like sheep, AFL
The AFL have tied their hands by not coming down on Hall nearly as hard as they should have. There is no way what Solomon did was as bad as what Hall did. Hall got 7 weeks therefore, Solomon should get less than 7. Solomon deserves more, but how can the AFL justify it now after looking after the Sydney boys so well?
Solomon's hit was uncalled for and he will be punished accordingly but the way the Victorian media is carring on you would think it was a hanging offence. Why have the Gellong players not been reported for some of the things they did during the game? It seems that some Victorian clubs are a protected species and they can get away with a lot, with the things they do not being reported and highlighted by the media.
Consider Hall hit a guy outside of general play and was an actual punch (realistically in general society would have most people sent to court or jail), Solomon although it looked terrible it was a contact hit just a few short moments after Ling was in the action and was not a fist. I think 4 weeks is enough.
PEOPLE USE TO CALL BARRY HALL THE BIGGEST THUG IN AFL WELL BARRY HAS A ANGER PROBLEM I DONT BLAME HIM FOR BURSTING AND PUNCHING HIM BUT HE SAID SORRY AND SAID HE IS GOIN TRY VERY HARD TO NOT HURT ANYONE ELSE AND HE IS TRYING VERY HARD..EVERYONE TALKS ABOUT HIM DOIN THIS BUT NOW THEY AINT SPEAKIN BOUT BARRY ONLY LING...I SAY EVERYONE IS BADDER THAN BARRY
dog shot... low as they come. Les Boyd copped a year for the same thing in Rugby league 20 years ago.. get serious AFL.
The elbow was late and definitely not reckless or accidental. Deliberate is the only way to describe it. He lined him up no doubt about it. AFL has to make a stand 10wks.
Aerial ping pong? Did you think of that term? Wow, that's so witty of you. "Stop playing with the fairys"...man, you sound like such a he-man! Pity you can't spell.


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