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Kelly fails to overturn ban

West Coast Eagles midfielder Tim Kelly will miss the Western Derby on Saturday night, with his one match ban for a dangerous tackle on Crows midfielder Sam Berry upheld by the AFL tribunal on Tuesday.

Kelly challenged the verdict handed down by Match Review Officer Michael Christian on Monday, the tackle deemed to be careless conduct, medium impact and high contact.

The Eagles midfielder insisted as part of his evidence he was attempting to lay a fair tackle.

“I know he’s doing everything he can to get his foot to the ball and I’m just trying my best to not allow him to make that kick,” Kelly said.

“I was trying my best to complete the tackle and not allow my opponent to dispose of the ball.”

AFL counsel Andrew Woods argued that Kelly’s grip on Berry’s right arm as they fell to the ground left the Crow in a vulnerable position and at risk of injury.

The jury deliberated for 15 minutes before upholding the charge, ruling the 28 year old out of the round 22 clash with the Dockers.

It is the first suspension of Kelly's career, having started his career with Geelong.

Carlton captain Patrick Cripps will also fight his two match ban for rough conduct on Brisbane Lion Callum Ah Chee.

IMAGE: The West Australian.

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