Neal-Bullen sent to tribunal for sling tackle

Melbourne's Alex Neal-Bullen has been referred directly to the tribunal for his sling tackle on Adelaide's Will Hamill, an incident that left the Demon "distraught" and the Crow concussed.

Match review officer Michael Christian deemed the tackle as careless conduct, severe impact and high contact. Hamill did not return to the field following the first quarter incident.

Demons teammate Jake Lever said on Thursday that Neal-Bullen was rattled by the injury to Hamill.

"'Nibbs' is one of my closest mates at the footy club. I think he was definitely distraught after the game in terms of just wanting that young Will Hamill was okay. I think they have spoken and Will knew there was no Malice intended in it," Lever said on SEN.

"For Alex, speaking to him, as a small forward who hasn't been playing this year, who hasn't got a look in, and he finally got his opportunity. I guess that in the first quarter when you are trying to put the pressure on, things like this happen. I personally didn't see any malice intended.

"In the end, the momentum of the tackle when you are going that fast, sometimes that can happen. Speaking to him after the game, he was definitely disappointed and the first thing that he wanted to do was make sure Will Hamill was all right.

"I think he was. I think they (Crows) just made a precaution. He had a concussion in round four so they were just worried about getting another concussion. Whatever he gets, he gets and he will move on."

Lever said the AFL needed to take tough action against sling tackles.

"I think you definitely need to stamp stuff like this out of the game but I think most players don't mean that malice. I think when you get the chance to tackle sometimes, you want to stamp your authority," he said.

Adelaide's Lachlan Murphy was offered a one-match ban for rough conduct on Jack Viney, which the MRO deemed careless, medium impact and high contact, while Tom Sparrow (rough conduct), Harley Bennell (rough conduct), Taylor Walker (striking) and Jay Lockart (striking) were handed fines for incidents in the fiery match.

Geelong's Cam Guthrie was handed a fine for a dangerous tackle on North Melbourne's Lachlan Hosie in Wednesday's other match.

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