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Demons to challenge Pickett's ban for bump against Adelaide

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Melbourne will challenge a one-match suspension handed to forward Kysaiah Pickett for a high bump in Thursday's Gather Round clash against the Crows.

The AFL's Match Review Officer offered Pickett the sanction after grading the incident with Adelaide's Jake Soligo careless conduct, high contact and medium impact.

Pickett made contact with Soligo's head after attempting to smother a handpass late in the second quarter.

Speaking after the match, Melbourne coach Simon Goodwin said he though the contact was "pretty light".

"He (Pickett) puts enormous pressure on. He tries to intercept the ball. That's his game. He's modified a lot of what he's done previously. I don't see that in his game much at all anymore. So tonight's a little bit different. We'll see how it plays out. (It was) pretty light," Goodwin said.

The club have elected to challenge the MRO's decision at the tribunal on Tuesday night ahead of their match with 2023 grand finalists Brisbane at the MCG on Thursday.

It's Pickett's third suspension for high contact in just over 12 months.

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