AFL to appeal 'inadequate' Bachar Houli suspension
THE AFL will appeal what it believes is a "manifestly inadequate" two-game ban handed to Richmond defender Bachar Houli by the tribunal on Tuesday night.
In an unprecedented action, the AFL notified both the appeals board and the Tigers just before midday on Wednesday to confirm it would appeal the decision on Thursday evening.
"The AFL has determined it will appeal the Bachar Houli tribunal case on the grounds that the sanction was manifestly inadequate," the AFL said in a statement.
It is the first time the AFL has ever appealed a tribunal decision.
Houli was suspended for two games after an incident that saw Carlton's Jed Lamb knocked out during Sunday's clash at the MCG.
He had been referred directly to the tribunal by the MRP, where he was found guilty of intentionally striking the Blues forward.
A reference from Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and TV personality Waleed Aly helped Houli avoid a longer suspension.