Geelong coach Chris Scott says the Cats have taken the big-picture view in deciding not to contest Joel Selwood’s one-match ban for a chicken-wing tackle.
The Cats skipper will now miss Saturday’s crucial home clash against the Western Bulldogs, although he would have risked a two-game sanction had he unsuccessfully challenged the rough conduct charge at the AFL Tribunal.
“We accept that that type of action is not a great look for the game and on that basis I think we have a responsibility to the game to accept the (match review panel’s) ruling on that one and move on,” Scott said on Tuesday.
“If that discourages that type of thing then I think we should play our part and so does Joel.
“It’s obviously a big decision for us as a footy club because we have got an important game on the weekend and Joel is obviously a very important part of our team.
“But on balance we think it’s the right thing.”
Selwood’s chicken-wing tackle on North Melbourne’s Sam Wright was assessed as being of medium contact to the body.
The tribunal will not be required to sit on Tuesday night after all players charged in round 15 accepted early guilty pleas.
Richmond ruck-forward Ty Vickery will miss two matches for a high bump that concussed Carlton fullback Michael Jamison.
Collingwood midfielder Taylor Adams will also sit out the next two games for kneeing Port Adelaide’s Justin Westhoff in the head.
North Melbourne forward Drew Petrie was suspended for one game for striking Geelong’s Andrew Mackie.
Brownlow Medal favourite Nat Fyfe from Fremantle, Hawthorn’s Sam Mitchell, Sydney’s Jeremy Laidler and Saints ruckman Billy Longer were fined for various offences.