ADELAIDE midfielder Ebony Marinoff has been referred directly to the Tribunal after being charged with forceful front-on contact against GWS rookie Bríd Stack during Sunday's practice match.
The resulting tackle sent the Irishwoman to hospital, and she was released later on Sunday night with a stable fracture of the C7 vertebra.
There was no damage to the surrounding nerves and Stack does not require surgery, but she will wear a neck brace for the short term.
The incident was assessed as careless conduct, high contact with severe impact.
Unfortunately Irish recruit Brid Stack has been taken to hospital following spinal precaution protocols after a collision in a tackle late in the fourth quarter.— GWS GIANTS (@GWSGIANTS) January 17, 2021
She’s in the best possible care and we will provide a full update when we have further information. pic.twitter.com/VtSJ3u7fKl
Marinoff, a two-time premiership player with the Crows, is unable to accept an early guilty plea as a result of the incident being referred to the Tribunal.
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A date has not yet been confirmed for the Tribunal hearing, but at this stage, is expected to be in the coming days.
The 2017 NAB AFLW Rising Star winner has not previously been charged by the MRO.