Gold Coast Suns decide to accept Steven May ban

THE Gold Coast Suns will not be appealing defender Steven May's three-game ban for his hit on Brisbane Lions captain Tom Rockliff.

The Suns had the option of challenging the suspension at the AFL's Appeals Board but decided against it by the noon deadline yesterday.

The club would have had to make a case for the appeal on the four grounds set down by the AFL.

  • Error in law.
  • That the decision was so unreasonable that no tribunal acting reasonably could have come to that decision having regard to the evidence before it.
  • Classification of offence was manifestly excessive.
  • Sanction imposed was manifestly excessive.

Last season Melbourne midfielder Jack Viney became just the second player in 15 cases to have his charge overturned after he was cleared of responsibility for breaking Adelaide forward Tom Lynch's jaw in a high bump.

Dockers' Brownlow Medal favourite Nat Fyfe then failed after the club decided to fight his charge of striking Hawthorn midfielder Jordan Lewis.

May (pictured) would have been given a two-match ban if he had pleaded guilty to the charge laid down by the Match Review Panel but his challenge now means he will miss three matches against Adelaide, West Coast and Collingwood.

The tribunal decided he had a realistic alternative way to contest the ball instead of bumping his opponent and making high contact.

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