Giants forward awaits AFL tribunal fate

By AAP Newswire

Not for the first time, GWS Giants forward Jeremy Cameron is facing a lengthy suspension when he fronts the AFL tribunal on Tuesday evening.

A minimum four-match ban looms for the player after he floored Harris Andrews with a swinging forearm on Saturday, leaving the Brisbane defender with bleeding on his brain.

Cameron, who is second on the Coleman Medal leaderboard with 35 goals from 12 games, is no stranger to the tribunal.

He was suspended for four games at the start of the 2016 season after a bump that left Rhys Mathieson, another Brisbane defender, with a fractured cheekbone.

Andrews spent Saturday night in hospital, and the Lions on Monday confirmed the 21-year-old had suffered a small bleed on his brain.

He is expected to make a full recovery but won't be risked anytime soon and will again see a neurosurgeon in two weeks' time.

Match review officer Michael Christian graded the incident as intentional conduct, severe impact and high contact - the same classification applied to Port Adelaide defender Tom Jonas for his brutal hit on West Coast's Andrew Gaff in 2016.

Jonas copped a six-game ban for that incident, although his attempt to have the charge downgraded cost him any chance of a discount.

Cameron, who will fly to Melbourne to face the tribunal in person, may plead guilty and look to negotiate a reduced sanction.

But Christian noted that Cameron's disciplinary record could be a factor in the tribunal's deliberations.

"At the match review level, bad records are not taken into account," he told reporters.

"But that doesn't mean that the tribunal wouldn't consider a good record or a bad record in determining what they think is an appropriate suspension."

GWS are 10th, half a game outside the top eight after winning their past three games.

They host ninth-placed Hawthorn on Saturday night with games against heavyweights West Coast, Richmond and Port Adelaide to follow.

Cameron will be the only player to front the tribunal after Carlton's Dale Thomas accepted a one-game ban for rough conduct on Collingwood's Levi Greenwood.