Horror tackle Aussie to learn fate today

Under-fire Australian co-captain Chris Johnson will defend the actions which saw him red-card in last month's International Rules second Test by video link later today.

Under-fire Australian co-captain Chris Johnson will defend the actions which saw him red-card in last month's International Rules second Test by video link later today.

The Brisbane Lions defender, who was sent-off for a vicious “clothesline” tackle on Ireland's Philip Jordan in the second quarter of the 63-42 win for the Aussies, is up on two striking charges at a joint AFL-GAA Tribunal.

Johnson was also reported by Cork referee Michael Collins for striking Tyrone defender Jordan and Wexford forward Matty Forde in the incidents which led to his sending-off.

Tribunal member Richard Loveridge will chair the panel, with Kevin Sheehan representing the AFL and Pat Daly the GAA.

The hearing will see Daly, the GAA's Head of Games, beemed into the AFL's Docklands offices in Melbourne by a video link from Dublin, while Johnson will also be live via camera from Brisbane.

The three-time AFL Premiership winner is expected to be suspended from next year's Rules Series at Croke Park.

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