Richmond’s Tom Lynch fined but free to play AFL preliminary final

Richmond forward Tom Lynch has avoided suspension for dropping his knee on St Kilda defender Dougal Howard and will be free to play in next Friday’s AFL preliminary final against Port Adelaide.

Lynch gave away a 50-metre penalty for throwing Howard to the ground, then dropped his left knee on the defender’s neck and shoulder area during the third quarter of Friday night’s match in Carrara.

Match review officer (MRO) Michael Christian assessed the incident as a second offence of “misconduct” and offered Lynch a $750 fine with an early plea.

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick had played down the “minuscule” incident post-match, while defending Lynch’s aggression.

Lynch has already attracted the attention of the MRO on several occasions this year.

Two AFL teammates move to high five after a goal for their side.Two AFL teammates move to high five after a goal for their side.
Lynch (centre) is set to take his place in the Tigers’ line-up against the Power.(AAP: Darren England)

He previously received a fine for misconduct on Brisbane’s Alex Witherden and two separate fines for striking Gold Coast’s Sam Collins and Jarrod Witts.

He was later sent to the AFL tribunal for a striking charge against Essendon’s Michael Hurley and was ultimately cleared.

Tigers skipper Trent Cotchin caught St Kilda’s Zak Jones around the neck with a tackle in the second quarter, but the incident ultimately was not recorded in the MRO’s findings.

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