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Walters free to play round one

Watch the incident between Michael Walters and Craig Bird. Michael Walters goes into the umpire's book for a high hit on Craig Bird
Michael Walters of the Fremantle Dockers in action during the 2014 AFL Round 23 match between the Fremantle Dockers and Port Adelaide Power at Patersons Stadium, Perth on August 30, 2014. (Photo: Daniel Carson/AFL Media)
Michael Walters has been cleared to play Port Adelaide in round one.

Michael Walters has been cleared of any wrongdoing after making contact with Sydney’s Craig Bird in Sunday’s NAB Challenge match.
 
Walters was reported for rough conduct for the third-quarter incident.
 
Based on a medical report from the Sydney Swans’ Football Club, speaking to the umpire who laid the report on the day and the available video evidence, the panel’s view was as follows:
 
The ball was loose near the boundary line with Bird reaching down to collect the ball and Walters coming to the contest from his side.
 
As Bird lowered to collect the ball, he turned towards the oncoming Walters, who was looking at the ball.
 
Walters has his arms out to the side and high contact is made to the Sydney player.
 
It was the view of the panel the force used was below that required to constitute a reportable offence.
 
No further action was taken.

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