Pies veteran Pendlebury avoids ban for whacking Neale

Justin Chadwick |

Magpie Scott Pendlebury (pic) won’t be suspended despite striking Lions midfielder Lachie Neale.
Magpie Scott Pendlebury (pic) won’t be suspended despite striking Lions midfielder Lachie Neale.

Collingwood veteran Scott Pendlebury has escaped suspension for his uncharacteristic off-the-ball whack on Brisbane Lions star Lachie Neale.

Neale was left doubled over in pain in Thursday night’s 20-point loss to the Magpies after receiving an open-handed but powerful slap to the mid-riff from Pendlebury.

The striking offence was graded as intentional conduct, low impact and body contact, drawing a $3750 fine.

That sanction will be reduced to $2500 if Pendlebury pleads guilty.

Speaking after the win over Brisbane, Pendlebury was sorry for his actions.

“The retaliator always gets caught, my mum taught me that. I got sucked in tonight,” he said.

The fine means Pendlebury is yet to be suspended in his 387-game AFL career, and frees him to play in next week’s Gather Round clash with Hawthorn.

Collingwood’s win on Thursday improved their record to 1-3.

AAP