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Michael Whiting, AFL.com.au   August 21, 2018 11:11 AM

Hard to play at the Gabba Luke Hodge says that opposition teams are well aware that playing at the Gabba is no easy task.

Luke Hodge has expressed his frustration with the Match Review Officer Michael Christian, saying the existing system was confusing.

Luke Hodge received a $2000 sanction for engaging in rough conduct with Gold Coast's Alex Sexton on Saturday night.

The fine came for a tackle in the dying stages of the fiery QClash, assessed as careless and with low impact to the head.

Hodge said he was surprised with the fine.

"I never thought I'd get fined for a tackle, especially when the bloke got up and kept playing," Hodge said.

"That's the frustrating thing for players, week to week the classification that gets judged is very inconsistent.

Sometimes they look at the medical report, sometimes they look at the action.

"I did exactly the same tackle four minutes earlier.

"They said it was because of the force. Three minutes to go and you're up by seven points, you've got to take them to ground.

"It's confusing and frustrating sometimes."

When asked whether he would contest the fine, Hodge said, "What's the point?

"They pick and choose what they want to classify and you can't really argue against them.

"We can moan as much as we want but we just have to move on.

"Hopefully they fix that because a lot of people get really frustrated."

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