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Melbourne forward Kysaiah Pickett will miss the opening round of next season through suspension for a high bump on Carlton captain Patrick Cripps.
In the first quarter of Melbourne’s two-point AFL semi-final loss at the MCG, Pickett was applying pressure to Cripps.
When the Carlton skipper fired off a handball, Pickett leaped off the ground and crashed through him, with the back of his shoulder catching Cripps in the head.
Cripps had to come off the ground with a bleeding nose but did not have a concussion test.
The hit was assessed by match review officer Michael Christian as careless conduct, medium impact and high contact, drawing a one-match ban.
Pickett can also accept a $1500 fine for striking Mitch McGovern.
Teammate Jack Viney received a $3000 fine for rough conduct on Lachlan Fogarty, while Tom Sparrow was fined $1000 for misconduct on Sam Walsh.