Port Adelaide has been fined $20,000, $10,000 suspended for failing to follow AFL regulations.
Midfielder Hamish Hartlett was brought from the ground on Thursday night and received a SCAT3 test and was deemed okay to return to the field, however needed to be off the ground for 15 minutes under AFL guidelines.
Hartlett soon returned after leaving the field and admitted to Channel Seven boundary rider Matthew Richardson to "seeing stars"
The AFL has released the following statement
"AFL has sanctioned Port Adelaide $20,000 in relation to the assessment and management of Hamish Hartlett during last week’s game v Hawthorn.
AFL determined club breached AFL Rules in not notifying an Assessment was being undertaken, and the player returned to the field too early.
AFL took into account club was managing another significant player injury (Brad Ebert) in the change rooms at time in deciding penalty."
AFL Football Operations Manager Mark Evans says a number of things were taken into account when handing down the penalty.
- The club's chief medical officer was occupied with Brad Ebert who had injured his ribs earlier in the game;
- Elements hindered a video review of the incident;
- Hartlett passed the test; and
- Port offered to review its processes in relation to assessing head injuries.