Sydney Swans star Lance Franklin Richmond faces a nervous wait after an apparent strike on the face of veteran Trent Cochin.
The incident happened in the first half of the clash between the two teams at the SCG, when a frustrated Franklin Cochin hit the Tigers midfielder forward 50 after paying close attention to the Swan star.
Franklin was initially given a free kick for arguing with Cochin, before a pair of right-handed injuries to Cochin’s jaw turned the free kick upside down.
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While the strike will be classified as both intentional and high by AFL Match Review Officer Michael Christian, it remains to be seen what the level of strength will be due to Franklin’s swing and Cochin not going to the ground. Right hand.
The incident has left many wondering what would happen to Franklin.
“Either (there was communication) or Trent should go to Hollywood,” Colinwood Great Nathan Buckley said in a Fox Footy coverage.
“I got a secret suspicion there was communication. Of course communication and he threw it, I don’t know how you can argue it’s not intentional.”
AFLW star Daisy Pierce pleaded for a difference.
“I think he’ll be fine. I think he went to push his chest and slip a little higher,” he said in Seven’s coverage.
“They wouldn’t like the AFL look, but it slipped high, an open hand, it barely brushed him off and Cochin played well.
“I think the worst is fine.”
The Swans are reluctant to leave without Franklin the following weekend in a blockbuster match with unbeaten Premier Melbourne on the horizon.
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