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Australia: Cotchin fined by AFL over Walker kick

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Trent Cotchin has escaped with a fine from the AFL match review officer for kicking Taylor Walker during Richmond's loss to Adelaide.

Richmond's Trent Cotchin has been fined by the AFL for an incident in their AFL loss to Adelaide. © Matt Turner/AAP PHOTOS Richmond's Trent Cotchin has been fined by the AFL for an incident in their AFL loss to Adelaide.

The two former club captains were involved in a fiery incident at Adelaide Oval on Saturday when Walker shoved Cotchin over the boundary line.

The Tigers midfielder then lashed out at his opponent and it prompted a furious response from Walker, who booted five goals in a match-winning display.

Cotchin was found guilty of kicking in an incident assessed as intentional contact, low impact and body contact.

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The grading meant he avoided suspension and was instead fined $2000.

It leaves Cotchin free to play in Richmond's Anzac Day Eve blockbuster against red-hot Melbourne at the MCG.

In-form Demons defender Steven May is also clear to play in that match after he was fined $2000 for tripping GWS livewire Bobby Hill.

The incident was assessed as intentional contact, low impact and body contact.

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