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Jack Viney banned for two weeks after being found guilty of rough conduct by AFL tribunal

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Jack Viney of the Demons marks the ball during the round four AFL match between the Carlton Blues and the Melbourne Demons at Melbourne Cricket Ground © Michael Dodge/Getty Images Jack Viney of the Demons marks the ball during the round four AFL match between the Carlton Blues and the Melbourne Demons at Melbourne Cricket Ground

Melbourne's Jack Viney has been suspended for two weeks after being found guilty of engaging in rough conduct by the AFL tribunal.

Viney was referred directly to the tribunal for his bump that left Crows forward Tom Lynch with a broken jaw in the Demons' three-point win at the Adelaide Oval on Saturday.

The hearing lasted more than two hours on Tuesday evening and the three-man panel took 19 minutes to deliberate and conclude Viney had opted to bump Lynch instead of bracing for contact in the collision.

This had been the central point of contention throughout the hearing, in which Viney and Alex Georgiou gave evidence about the incident that left Lynch with a broken jaw.

Viney will miss matches against the Western Bulldogs and Richmond, while his penalty does not include carry-over points.

Demons football operations manager Josh Mahoney says the club is considering an appeal.

"We'll look at what options we have," he said.

"We won't be doing an appeal for appeal's sake, but certainly - if we think there's some grounds there - we'll be taking that avenue."

Viney gave evidence that he had suffered three concussions and a broken jaw in the past and, in response, Demons coach Paul Roos had trained him to protect his head in clashes.

He added this was an example of Roos' instruction and AFL legal counsel Jeff Gleeson was sympathetic, saying there was no malice from the on-baller and that it was up to the panel to decide whether he was bracing for contact or deliberately bumping Lynch.

Despite Lynch suffering a broken jaw, the panel determined the impact to be medium instead of high or severe.

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