Sydney Swans midfielder Dan Hannebery has been fined ($1,500) for instigating a melee before the opening bounce of the Swans' round 4 clash against the Western Bulldogs at Etihad.
Hannebery tangled with Bulldogs defender Jason Johannisen before the opening bounce, in similar fashion to the way Kieren Jack roughed up Johannisen in round 12 last season.
The Bulldogs responded in force with most of their players on the field remonstrating with Dan Hannebery, followed by the majority of the Swans players joining the fracas.
The umpires attempted to start play, but were unable to do so with the majority of the players on the field still inside the centre square.
Western Bulldogs midfielder Lachie Hunter has been offered a 1 match suspension for forceful contact to the head.
Hunter was charged with rough conduct after an incident in the third quarter of the Swans' win on Saturday afternoon, when he forcefully shoved Swans forward Tom Papley's head into the turf.
A ball-up had been called after Papley tackled Suckling to the ground, with Hunter running in after the whistle was blown.
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