Trent Cotchin escapes AFL ban

Trent Cotchin escapes AFL ban
Trent Cotchin has escaped suspension despite being charged for a jumper punch on Fremantle's Lachie Neale.

Richmond captain Trent Cotchin has escaped a suspension despite being charged by the AFL match review panel for his jumper punch to the jaw of Fremantle's Lachie Neale.

Cotchin would have been slapped with a one-match ban if the MRP ruled the contact was intentional.

But the jumper punch was classified as careless and of low impact, meaning Cotchin can accept a $1000 fine with an early guilty plea.

Former Brisbane forward Alastair Lynch, who was commentating the game for Foxtel, said the AFL needed to start cracking down on jumper punches.

'They've got to rub that out of the game,' Lynch said during the commentary.

'You're going to just keep seeing that week in, week out if players are allowed to get away with it.'