Brownlow favourite Nick Daicos avoids AFL suspension
May 22, 2023 / 9:45 pm
Collingwood young gun Nick Daicos remains eligible for the Brownlow Medal after avoiding suspension over his gut punch on Carlton wingman Blake Acres.
Daicos, who is equal-top of the AFL coaches’ association voting in his second season, was charged with striking after clashing with Acres during Sunday’s win over the Blues at the MCG.
But the league’s match review officer graded the incident “low impact” – as well as intentional conduct and body contact – which resulted in a $3000 fine.
The Brownlow favourite’s penalty can be reduced to $2000 with an early guilty plea.
Hawthorn defender Sam Frost was hit with the penalty for striking West Coast’s Connor West, while St Kilda captain Jack Steele can also take a $2000 fine for rough conduct on GWS opponent Lachie Ash.
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Collingwood star and Brownlow Medal favourite Nick Daicos has avoided an AFL suspension.