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Kickert free to play despite NBL headbutt

AAP logoAAP 21/11/2016 Vince Rugari

Brisbane forward Daniel Kickert is free to face Adelaide this week despite being sanctioned for headbutting 36ers swingman Anthony Drmic.

The NBL's game review panel has offered Kickert a one-game ban for the incident, which occurred early in the second quarter of Brisbane's 105-87 win over the 36ers in Adelaide on Saturday night.

However, if Kickert submits an early guilty plea, the penalty will be reduced to a fine of $1000 with no suspension - meaning he will be free to play in Thursday's rematch between the sides at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre.

Kickert and Drmic exchanged words after a foul was blown for an illegal screen, with footage appearing to show Kickert initiating contact with his head.

The sanction is unlikely to satisfy 36ers coach Joey Wright, who wanted a harsher penalty.

"You know, if he is (out there on Thursday), I don't know," Wright told News Corp after the match.

"I don't know what's up (with the NBL).

"If he's out there, then it just tells you what's happening with this league.

"I saw it on video."

The Bullets and Kickert have until midday on Wednesday to respond to the charge.

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