Crows to appeal Marinoff ban

The Adelaide Crows are to appeal the 3 match band handed to Ebony Marinoff.

The midfielder received the ban for the tackle on Cork’s Brid Stack that left the 11 time All Ireland winner with a fractured C7 vertebra

In a statement, Crows coach Matt Clark said the ban, which was the harshest ever dished out in the AFLW, is unjust and disproportionate.

“Ebony plays the game in the manner we want all players to play and in my opinion, she made every effort to minimise the impact of what was an unavoidable footy collision,” Clarke said.

“With regard to the penalty, as coaches and administrators we have a duty of care to our players.

“Ebony and all other AFLW players train incredibly hard for nine months for the opportunity to play just nine games.

“We feel it is unjust and disproportionate to have one third of those games taken away by what I believe to be an unavoidable incident.

“We believe it’s important to not only support our players, but to question an outcome which we see as placing an unreasonable expectation on all players to avoid contact in circumstances where the ball is in dispute.”

The case is set to be heard by the AFL’s appeals board tomorrow.

An unsuccessful appeal won’t result in Marinoff’s suspension being increased.

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