Tyrone Aussie Rules Star In Hot Water Over Alleged Biting Incident

Tyrone Aussie Rules Star In Hot Water Over Alleged Biting Incident

If found guilty, McKenna is likely facing at least a three-game ban based on the AFL's table of penalties.

McKenna was chased down and tackled by Dickson during second quarter of the Round 3 match at Docklands on Sunday.

Christian classified the incident as serious misconduct, a charge that's sent directly to the tribunal with no opportunity for an early plea.

The AFL confirmed on Monday that McKenna has been referred directly to the AFL tribunal for serious misconduct against Tory Dickson of the Western Bulldogs after the pair clashed during the contest at the Etihad Stadium in Melbourne on Sunday.

The 22-year-old recently revealed that his plan is to return to Tyrone before he hangs up to his boots to help the country win the All Ireland, with McKenna telling World Footy News "to win a premiership here and then one at home is the dream".

McKenna's legal representative Adrian Anderson argued that a two-match suspension would be an appropriate course of action, and referred to a previous case in which a player was found guilty of an alleged bite on an opponent's forearm.


Outside the hearing McKenna said he took "full responsibility" for his actions. "I'm very sorry for what I've done and am looking forward to moving on and getting on with the season", McKenna said.

Dickson told an AFL integrity officer in a statement that he felt a quick nip on his neck, which he believed to be a bite, but it was minor.

Dickson appeared to complain to Bulldogs staff when he ran to the bench immediately after the incident.

Photo evidence that showed a small red mark near Dickson's Adam's Apple was also submitted. He also did not require medical treatment at the time of the incident.

He noted that Chris Masten's two-game suspension for biting Nick Suban in 2015 was imposed when he pleaded not guilty and broke the player's skin.

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