Season over for Clisby
Wednesday, 14th August, 2013
Melbourne footballer and former local Mitch Clisby has accepted a three-match penalty and will not challenge an engaging in rough conduct charge.
The Melbourne Football Club defender accepted the penalty at the AFL tribunal last night.
The charge related to an incident involving Gold Coast’s Alex Sexton during the fourth quarter of Saturday night’s game at Metricon Stadium.
According to a Melbourne Football Club spokesman, they were initially going to contest the ban.
“New evidence came to light and Clisby has now accepted the charge,” he said.
“This means Clisby won’t play for the rest of the year. He is disappointed.”
On a positive note, Clisby will be able to compete in the Victorian Football League.
“His team is in the finals and he will be able to continue playing with them,” the spokesman said.
“This suspension won’t affect his AFL career next year. He will still be able to play in Round 1, 2014.”
Clisby has played the past eight matches since he made his AFL debut against St Kilda in round 13 this year..
He was the last player to gain a place on Melbourne’s list for 2013, when he was selected at No.19 in the NAB AFL Rookie Draft.
The former local is considered as one of Melbourne’s good news stories in an otherwise disappointing season.