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McCartin cops five-match VFL ban

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Former No.1 draft pick Paddy McCartin has been suspended for five matches for his off-the-ball punch in the VFL.

Footage emerged on Monday of McCartin lashing out at Aaron Black during the match between Sydney and Geelong’s reserves, with the ball nowhere near the pair.

Black avoided serious injury and was cleared of concussion, but the video shows him staggering backwards after McCartin lands a blow to the head.

The incident was graded intentional, severe impact and high contact, with McCartin referred straight to the VFL Tribunal.

The VFL Tribunal imposed a five-match ban in what is a major blow to McCartin’s hopes of being picked up in the mid-season rookie draft on June 2.

McCartin joined the Swans’ reserves for the 2021 VFL season,…



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