Hawthorn’s James Sicily’s guilty plea to serious misconduct will see him miss one match.Fiery Hawthorn defender James Sicily says he has learned his lesson after the AFL tribunal banned him for one game.
Sicily was referred directly to Tuesday’s tribunal hearing on a charge of serious misconduct, after he stepped on Shaun Atley while the North Melbourne player was lying on the ground.
The Hawks backman has served a one-game ban already this season for kneeing Geelong captain Joel Selwood.
“I’m a bit disappointed – partly with the result, but more disappointed with the fact that I’m here,” an emotional Sicily said after his hearing.
“I’m disappointed in the act and it’s something that I need to get out of my game – it’s definitely something I’ve learned from.”
Tribunal advocate Jeff Gleeson recommended the one-game penalty after a pre-hearing negotiation with Sicily’s advocate Peter O’Farrell.
Gleeson said his talk with O’Farrell was “time well spent” and the tribunal jury took all of one minute to agree with the penalty recommendation.
Gleeson noted that vision showed Sicily sneaking a look at the umpire before he stepped on Atley and that showed it was a calculated act.
O’Farrell said Sicily was remorseful, while Hawks coach Alastair Clarkson and football manager Graham Wright had taken him to task for the Atley incident.
“Like me, they were disappointed in what happened, with my actions,” Sicily said.
“They’ve still got my back in a sense and they still want me to do well.”
Selwood is also fronting the tribunal later on Tuesday night on a charge of striking Port Adelaide’s Lindsay Thomas.
Australian Associated Press