Melbourne star Kysaiah Pickett faces a nervous wait for the Match Review Officer’s verdict after a collision with Patrick Cripps left the superstar Carlton captain bloodied and a Demons great fuming.
Cripps was part of a Blues handball chain during the second quarter of Friday night’s semi-final against Melbourne when Pickett made contact with him.
Moments after Cripps had disposed of the ball, an airborne Pickett elects to bump and appears to catch Cripps high.
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Cripps came from the ground with a blood nose for further assessment by Carlton’s medical team before, crucially, returning to the field after not undergoing a concussion test.
Tigers legend Matthew Richardson told Channel 7 Pickett’s bump was “fraught with danger”, adding the Demons star was in trouble.
It came after Pickett cost his team a shot at goal in the first quarter, with a jumper punch to Carlton’s Mitch McGovern prompting a reversal free kick.
Speaking on Fox Footy, former Melbourne captain Garry Lyon said Pickett had “a real problem on his hands”.
“It’s time for him to forget about the try-hard tough acts and put his head over the footy and win some ball,” a blunt Lyon told Fox Footy.
“He cost his team a goal early in the piece when they had momentum and you’ve got to learn from your mistakes in the past. He’s in trouble.”
Pickett in Round 1 was handed a two-match ban for a bump on Western Bulldogs midfielder Bailey Smith, who played out the rest of the game.
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