Bailey Smith, a midfielder for the Western Bulldogs, will miss two games for headbutting Zach Tuohy.
Bailey Smith, a midfielder for the Western Bulldogs, was charged with headbutting Geelong's Zach Tuohy on Friday. He has now found out what will happen to him.
Bailey Smith, a midfielder for the Western Bulldogs, was charged with headbutting Geelong player Zach Tuohy at Marvel Stadium on Friday. He has been banned for two games.
The 21-year-old was reported at the end of the third quarter of Round 12 after it looked like he was trying to push his head at Tuohy on purpose.
Tuohy came out of the short fight with a torn shirt and a red mark on his forehead, but he gave Smith a hug after the Cats won their third straight game, 12.11 (83 points) to 10.10 (70 points).
Luke Beveridge, the coach of the Bulldogs, told reporters after the game that he had not seen what happened.
"We can only shake our heads... "We can't believe what we're seeing," said Garry Lyon, who used to be the captain of Melbourne.
"It's so unlike a young man who is almost the most well-known football player in the league."
Jonathan Brown, a former player for the Brisbane Lions, said it was a "brain snap."
"We don't see the old Liverpool kiss very often," he said.
"What do you think the AFL will say about that? They said Buddy Franklin's move was a sign of weakness. "Oh no, that's even worse!"
The AFL said on Saturday that Smith had been charged for the incident and could accept a two-game suspension if he pleaded guilty early.
The AFL said in a statement, "Based on the available evidence, the incident was rated as Intentional Conduct, Medium Impact, High Contact."
"As a first offense, it was decided that the player would have to sit out two games."
The Bulldogs have until Monday to decide if they want to fight the MRO's decision. If they agree to the punishment, Smith won't be able to play in games against the GWS Giants and the Hawthorn Hawks.
Last season, Richmond's Bigoa Nyuon was suspended for two VFL games for headbutting an opponent. In 2020, West Coast's Will Schofield was given a one-week suspension for headbutting Port Adelaide's Zak Butters.
Tuohy, on the other hand, was charged with "other misconduct" for his part in the fight, and he had to pay a $1500 fine.
"It was clear that both of us let our emotions get the best of us," the Irishman told Fox Footy after the game.
"We were both pulling and dragging at each other, so there wasn't much difference. When the game is so close, and we had a big lead that was cut down to a small margin, emotions run high, so at the end there was only love.
Next weekend, neither the Bulldogs nor the Cats will have a game.