Lynch escapes ban for “cheap shot” on Gold Coast Suns star

RICHMOND star Tom Lynch has managed to avoid an AFL suspension despite being charged with two striking offences following Monday night’s clash with the Gold Coast Suns.

Lynch came under fire for an off-the-ball strike on Suns defender Sam Collins in the final quarter of the Tiger’s 21-point win at the Gabba.

During the TV broadcast, former St Kilda champion Nick Riewoldt labelled the strike a “cheap shot”.


However, on Tuesday, the Match Review Officer found the incident wasn’t worthy of suspension.

“Based on the available evidence, the incident was assessed as Intentional Conduct with Low Impact and Body Contact,” the AFL said in a statement.

“The player can accept a $1000 sanction with an early plea.”

Lynch was also sanctioned $1000 for another striking incident involving Jarrod Witts in the third term.

He is free to play in Richmond’s ‘Dreamtime’ match against Essendon in Darwin on Saturday night.

The Gold Coast Suns didn’t escape coming under scrutiny from the Match Review, with Caleb Graham sanctioned for striking the Tigers’ Mabior Chol during the last quarter.

The incident was classified as a $1250 sanction for a first offence but it will be lowered to $750 with an early plea.