West Coast ruckman Nic Naitanui has failed in his attempt to overturn at one-game ban for engaging in rough conduct and will miss Saturday’s match against Greater Western Sydney.Naitanui was initially offered a one-game ban by Match Review Officer Michael Christian after being reported for his strong tackle on Port Adelaide’s Karl Amon during Saturday’s clash at Optus Stadium.
The case divided the football world.
Big names such as Matthew Lloyd, Gerard Healy and Warren Tredrea declared the incident was simply a part of the game while Malcolm Blight, Kane Cornes and Danny Frawley demanded a ban, saying Naitanui could have seriously hurt Amon.
The hearing lasted for more than 100 minutes. Naitanui said he attempted to roll Amon onto his left side to avoid conceding a free kick. But he said they fell forward after Amon planted his left leg.