'Lindsay Thomas is very lucky'

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Tribunal ... Lindsay Thomas has no case to answer and is free to play round two.   Source:AAP

North Melbourne forward Lindsay Thomas has escaped AFL suspension and Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley says he was lucky.

The match review panel cleared Thomas of his collision with Magpies key defender Ben Reid on Saturday.

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The incident in the third quarter at Etihad Stadium prompted some angry post-match comments from Buckley and his North counterpart Brad Scott.

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Thomas and Reid clashed heads after the Kangaroos small forward changed direction, leaving the Collingwood player with concussion and a gashed mouth.

It is unclear whether Reid will play in Sunday's blockbuster against Carlton.

The panel ruled the collision was outside Thomas' control.

"Lindsay has got away with one,'' Buckley told radio station Triple M.

"But that happens - sometimes you get good decisions, you get bad decisions, you get lucky ones, you get unlucky ones.

"That's footy. I have no animosity at all towards anyone at North or anything that's happened.

"I think there's a grey area in the tribunal and it's up to others to discuss that.''

The panel ruled "the contact to the head was caused by circumstances outside the control of the player, which could not be reasonably foreseen.''

Buckley said after the match that Thomas' action was average, prompting an angry reaction from Scott.

The North coach said Buckley should worry about his own team.

Buckley also accused Thomas post-match of "staying down'' - lying on the ground - after the collision.

He apologised for that accusation, but had another dig at Thomas.

"Watching the incident, he obviously had an impact himself,'' Buckley said.

"He's pretty good playing for free kicks, though - he got a couple earlier in the night.''

North chairman James Brayshaw said on Monday that Buckley should not have used the post-game media conference to criticise Thomas.

"I don't think a coach's post-match presser is the right forum to hang an opposition player,'' Brayshaw said.

The match review panel also charged Brisbane's Pearce Hanley with rough conduct and Melbourne utility Colin Sylvia with striking.

The pair received one-match bans, but can reduce the penalties to reprimands with carryover points if they take early pleas.

Hanley was charged for his late challenge on Western Bulldogs forward Daniel Giansiracusa during Saturday's match at Etihad Stadium.

Sylvia was charged with striking Port Adelaide key forward Justin Westhoff in the last term of Sunday's MCG clash.

Carlton's Chris Yarran and Gold Coast's Jared Brennan were cleared of match-day striking charges.

New Sydney co-captain Kieren Jack was also cleared of contact with GWS opponent Stephen Coniglio.

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