Jack Viney cleared of rough conduct charge

Melbourne midfielder Jack Viney has had a suspension for rough conduct overturned on appeal.

Melbourne midfielder Jack Viney has had a suspension for rough conduct overturned on appeal.

Melbourne midfielder Jack Viney's appeal against his suspension for a rough conduct charge has been upheld by the AFL Appeals Board.

It took 14 minutes of deliberation before the decision was handed down.

Viney was suspended for two matches by the AFL Tribunal on Tuesday after being found guilty of rough conduct over an incident that left Adelaide's Tom Lynch with a broken jaw.

The decision to suspend Viney caused outrage among AFL fans across the country and the Melbourne Football Club appealed against the decision on the grounds that "the decision was so unreasonable, that no Tribunal acting reasonably could have come to that decision having regard to the evidence before it"

Melbourne's president Glen Bartlett and chief executive Peter Jackson were at the appeal hearing on Thursday night to show support for the young midfielder.

Melbourne coach Paul Roos said on Wednesday night that he was "at a loss" about how to instruct his players to brace for contact in light of the original verdict. 

"When I left him (Jack) last night we were probably all a bit in shock, so then it was a case of what we were going to do as a footy club," Roos told 3AW’s Sports Today.

- with The Age.

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