Essendon should appeal and ask for two things. First ask for an independent doctor to assess the incident and get someone to analyse the force involved in the blow. That will clearly show what is medium impact, because honestly if that was medium impact what is low impact a tickle?
Second, get out every single punch similar this year and ask why there were classified differently.
Absolute bull sh$t from carlton (for the medical report) and afl (for the inconsistency of the mrp).
Also for those on here saying he deserved a week, get stuffed. It was actually two weeks! His good record got it down to a week. This is a contact sport that is played by men. What is a little love tap between friends in the heat of battle. The AFL needs to stop trying to purify the sport, instead they should focus on fixing the rolling maul and 36 players in one 50 metre area of the ground game style that has evolved. THAT IS THE PROBLEM WITH THE GAME NOT LITTLE JUMPER PUNCHES!!!