The bump will remain in the AFL spotlight this week after two more controversial incidents during the weekend’s NAB Cup games.
Last week’s AFL appeals board decision to overturn a four-match ban placed on Collingwood captain Nick Maxwell has not cleared the air about what is and is not acceptable when it comes to bumping an opponent.
Port Adelaide forward Daniel Motlop was booked for charging Sydney youngster Jesse White, and appeared to have both feet in the air as he made contact.
Hawthorn wingman Clinton Young was reported for rough conduct after collecting Aaron Davey with a hip-and-shoulder as the Melbourne star was completing a mark.
Young’s hit will likely reopen debate about “tunnelling”, as Davey was fully airborne when contact was made.
Port Adelaide coach Mark Williams told AFL.com.au he hadn’t seen the replay of the Motlop incident, but that he believed it to be accidental.
“I’m going to ring up the Collingwood people and get them to talk for us,” Williams joked.
“That would be terrific.”
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