AFL concedes Brayden Maynard tribunal verdict ‘won’t sit well with everyone’ after Angus Brayshaw incident

The AFL has conceded the Brayden Maynard tribunal decision “will not sit well with everyone” while accepting the not guilty verdict.

Maynard was cleared of a rough conduct charge by the tribunal in a marathon hearing on Tuesday night, allowing him to play in Collingwood’s preliminary final next week.

Maynard was facing a three-game suspension for an incident that left Melbourne’s Angus Brayshaw unconscious and concussed.

Collingwood’s legal team successfully argued Maynard’s actions were not unreasonable despite the catastrophic result to Brayshaw.

The AFL had a deadline of 12pm on Wednesday to appeal the tribunal’s decision, but opted against it.

“The incident on Thursday night between Collingwood’s Brayden Maynard and Melbourne’s Angus Brayshaw generated passionate debate and the AFL understands that the outcome of this case will not sit well with everyone who watches and plays our game,” an AFL statement read.

“No one likes to see a player suffer a serious concussion as Angus Brayshaw did and also see the impact the incident had on him, his family and friends, his teammates and his club.

Angus Brayshaw

Angus Brayshaw was knocked out in the incident with Brayden Maynard.(Getty Images: Quinn Rooney)

“Our game’s uniqueness as a contact sport, while celebrated, involves risk of some high contact occurring.

“The decision to refer the incident to the tribunal was made so the unusual circumstances of this high contact incident could be closely examined, and a thorough and independent process could be run.

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