Fremantle forward Sam Switkowski has saved himself a longer ban for his chicken-wing tackle by pleading guilty at the AFL tribunal.
Switkowski was suspended for two games, sidelining him for the Dockers’ clashes against top sides Melbourne and Brisbane as they try to rebound from two consecutive losses.
The 25-year-old was referred directly to the tribunal on a serious misconduct charge for his tackle on Collingwood young gun Jack Ginnivan.
While the Dockers tried to argue for a significant fine, they did not try to talk down the offence.
That proved a smart move, with tribunal chairman Jeff Gleeson pointing out Switkowski’s “emphatic” guilty plea influenced the penalty.
“It will be apparent that in the absence of a comprehensive guilty plea, the sanction would have been higher,” Gleeson said.
Gleeson and jury members Wayne Henwood and Paul Williams took 20 minutes to…