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Geelong defender Tom Stewart will miss the next four games, with the AFL court awarding his penalty for a bump on Richmond’s Dion Prestia.

Stewart’s bump on Prestia – which was ruled out of Saturday’s game at the MCG under concussion protocols – was classified as reckless driving, severe impact and high contact, an assessment which led to a direct referral to court .

At the start of the hearing, Geelong asked for a three-week suspension while the AFL asked for a four-week ban.

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The AFL argued that Stewart’s good record and evident remorse over the incident should not affect the final penalty.

The Geelong rep spoke of Stewart’s remorse as he revealed the interception defender refused to green light a potential argument that the impact was ‘high’ rather than ‘severe’.

The Cats tried to argue that Stewart’s bump was somewhere in the middle of incidents involving Sam Reid over Nat Fyfe and Patrick Dangerfield over Jake Kelly last season, which resulted in two- and three-game bans, respectively.

On the contrary, the Cats argued that the incident was closer to Reid’s than Dangerfield’s.

After deliberating for approximately 40 minutes, the jury imposed a four-match ban.

“As I said from the start, I accept the Tribunal’s decision, I was left to their discretion,” Stewart told reporters after the hearing.

“Obviously disappointed with my actions and I had to acknowledge that as a man; Yet my immediate response was for Dion’s well-being and that of his family who had to go through this.

“As disappointed and discouraged as I am right now, it’s still not about me, it’s about Dion’s well-being and how he’s doing.”

When asked why he chose not to try to argue the impact of the drop, Stewart replied, “I own my shares.”

“I did the wrong thing…eventually what I chose to do resulted in someone being eliminated. That’s not how I play the game, it never was.

“My actions resulted in a consequence that I didn’t want to happen, so I had to deal with it.”

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