Former Collingwood star Leon Davis is free to lead South West District league club Heathmere in an Easter Thursday clash against Tyrendarra.
Davis, Heathmere's playing-coach, was found not guilty of "behaving in a threatening or obscene manner toward an umpire".
Field umpire Charles Cartwright reported Davis during the second quarter of Saturday's match against Coleraine.
Davis received a red card following the incident and left the ground immediately.
Cartwright alleged Davis said to him: "you don't know the rules and this will be the last game you ever umpire".
He said Davis threatened to "give him one as well".
"I was shocked," Cartwright told the tribunal. "And judging by the look on his face I thought he might follow through."
Davis pleaded not guilty to the charge and denied threatening Cartwright.
"I'm very familiar with all aspects of the game and show my utmost respect every time I take the field," he told the tribunal.
The Magpies player appeared before the league's independent tribunal chaired by former umpire David Gladman, Brian Mathers and Robert Wade in Warrnambool on Tuesday.
The tribunal heard from Cartwright, Davis and a witness - Coleraine playing-coach Tyson Hogan.
Hogan said he did not hear Davis threaten Cartwright.
Davis and former Geelong premiership player James Kelly, who will join Tyrendarra, will headline Thursday's match.
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