AFL finals: Angus Brayshaw concussed in Brayden Maynard incident early in Melbourne’s clash with Collingwood
Angus Brayshaw has been knocked out in a brutal incident that’s set to separate the footy world, with Collingwood’s Brayden Maynard going through scrutiny.
Magpies defender Maynard jumped in the air to smother the ball as Brayshaw broke from a centre-bounce and kicked ahead, his momentum taking him into his opponent.
Maynard’s proper shoulder made contact with Brayshaw’s face and jaw.
Brayshaw, who has a historical past of concussions and wears a protecting helmet, was taken off the bottom on a stretcher.
He was left mendacity on his again as teammate Bayley Fritsch kicked the Demons’ first purpose of the night time.
Reviews from the boundary counsel Brayshaw is now again on his ft and strolling across the Melbourne change-rooms.
Seven analysts Patrick Dangerfield and Matthew Richardson have been in settlement that Maynard would escape sanction regardless of Brayshaw being dominated out of the sport.
“For my part, there’s nothing in this,” Dangerfield mentioned, earlier than Richardson requested: “What else can he do?”
Kane Cornes agreed, taking to social media to counsel Maynard would don’t have any case to reply.
“Nothing else Maynard may have achieved there. Ideas with Brayshaw – however a non-story in phrases of a suspension,” he posted.
However some footy followers have been left raging at Maynard’s act.
Brayshaw gave a thumbs-up as he left the sector. However league concussion protocols imply if the Demons lose, Brayshaw will probably be unavailable for a semifinal subsequent week.
Maynard and Jack Viney got here to blows in the course of the delay, the Demons chief left with a torn jumper.
Small ahead Bailey Laurie was activated as Melbourne’s substitute quickly after the clash.
Western Australian Demons ahead Jacob van Rooyen will even face scrutiny for an elbow to the jaw of Collingwood’s Dan McStay.
The pair met front-on battling for a ground-ball, with the Demon’s elbow swinging again earlier than making contact.
McStay got here off the bottom for a head damage evaluation, however returned to play the second quarter.
So as to add to the chaos, Collingwood star Jordan de Goey limped away from the identical centre-bounce with a lower-leg damage, however was cleared to return.
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