Sport AFL Melbourne to appeal ‘unreasonable’ Jack Viney decision

Melbourne to appeal ‘unreasonable’ Jack Viney decision

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Melbourne has announced that it will appeal against the controversial decision by the AFL tribunal to suspend midfielder Jack Viney for two matches.

Viney was found guilty of rough conduct on Tuesday night after his case was sent straight to the tribunal by the match review panel.

The club will be appealing on the grounds that “that the decision was so unreasonable, that no tribunal acting reasonably could have come to that decision having regard to the evidence before it”.

The hearing will be held on Thursday evening.

Adelaide player Tom Lynch received a broken jaw in the incident.

The club had until midday on Wednesday to determine if it would appeal.

If the appeal is successful, it means Viney will be eligible to play in Melbourne’s next two matches against the Western Bulldogs and Richmond.