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Tiger Marlion Pickett charged with rough conduct, Eagle Jai Culley banned

RICHMOND’S Marlion Pickett is free to play this weekend after avoiding a ban for putting Brisbane’s Zac Bailey in hospital.

Pickett hit Bailey in the chest with an open hand after the pair had bumped into each other, with the Lion spending Sunday night in a Melbourne hospital having left the MCG coughing up blood.

Bailey has since been cleared of serious injury and returned to Queensland.

The Match Review Officer (MRO) didn’t cite Pickett for the hit, having interviewed Bailey and found he didn’t know if he’d sustained the injury from the strike, or an earlier bump from the Tiger.

However, Pickett was offered a $3000 fine for a separate incident where he engaged in rough conduct against Brisbane’s Rhys Mathieson.

West Coast’s Jai Culley has been offered a two-game ban for striking Gold Coast’s Noah Anderson.

Culley’s hit was deemed intentional conduct, medium impact and high contact.

Essendon’s Jake Kelly and North Melbourne’s Jed Anderson have each been offered $1000 fines for their part in a melee during Essendon’s 48-point win on Sunday.

Kangaroo Charlie Lazzaro has also been cited, offered a $2000 fine for a dangerous tackle on Essendon’s Nick Hind.

Richmond’s Trent Cotchin can also accept a $1000 fine for misconduct.

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