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09th Apr 2018

Irish AFL star facing punishment after allegedly biting opponent during scuffle

Conor Heneghan

Conor McKenna

Conor McKenna of Essendon Football Club has been referred directly to the AFL tribunal for “serious misconduct”.

Tyrone native Conor McKenna is likely to be cited by an AFL tribunal after allegedly biting an opponent during a clash between Essendon and Western Bulldogs on Sunday.

The AFL confirmed on Monday that McKenna has been referred directly to the AFL tribunal for serious misconduct against Tory Dickson of the Western Bulldogs after the pair clashed during the contest at the Etihad Stadium in Melbourne on Sunday.

McKenna, who has been with Essendon since 2014 and signed a new four-year contract at the end of last year, was involved in a scuffle with Dickson after Dickson chased him down and won a free kick for holding the ball.

Dickson alleged that McKenna bit him during a scuffle that ensued on the ground and is believed to have had a mark on his neck when running to the bench to complain about the incident immediately afterwards.

McKenna will learn his fate when match review officer Michael Christian releases his findings for the incident involving McKenna and a number of others from the weekend’s action on Monday afternoon.

If found guilty, McKenna is likely facing at least a three-game ban based on the AFL’s table of penalties.