Franklin cleared over sling tackle

Franklin cleared over sling tackle
By Eurosport

11/06/2012 at 16:07Updated 11/06/2012 at 16:11

Hawthorn's Lance Franklin has been cleared over a sling tackle and is free to play for the Hawks in their AFL match against Brisbane at the MCG on Sunday.

Franklin had his match-day report for rough conduct over a tackle on Port Adelaide's Paul Stewart thrown out by the match review panel on Monday.

But Fremantle onballer Hayden Ballantyne and Essendon forward Alwyn Davey both face suspension after other panel rulings.

Ballantyne has been charged with striking over an elbow to Richmond skipper Chris Newman's stomach during the Dockers' 12-point weekend win.

He faces a one-match ban, ruling him out of Fremantle's next match against Essendon on June 23.

Davey can accept a two-match ban for rough conduct on Sydney's Dan Hannebery if he makes an early guilty plea, or risk a three-game ban should he fight the matter at the tribunal.

Geelong defender Josh Hunt has been fined $1350 for misconduct for standing on Carlton opponent Eddie Betts' hand during their match last Friday night.

Fremantle's Ryan Crowley has received a $900 fine for making an obscene gesture during the weekend match.