Why Stewart’s “ugly” Prestia bump should sideline Cat for a month at “minimum”

Geelong’s Tom Stewart is set to encounter a number of weeks on the sidelines immediately after electing to bump Richmond’s Dion Prestia who was knocked out as a consequence in Saturday’s win at the MCG.

With the finish margin becoming just the three details in the Cats’ favour, the incident played a significant function in the result as the Tigers misplaced arguably their most vital participant early in the video game, though Stewart went on to dominate down back for his facet

Even though Geelong mentor Chris Scott stated put up-match that the defender felt “terrible” about his “horrible error”, AFL terrific Kane Cornes states the considered has to be with the wounded Tiger as an alternative of with the Cat who is battling with the fallout of his choice.

With the incident most likely to be sent to the tribunal, Cornes and Riley Beveridge talked about what sanction Stewart can assume on AFL.com.au’s The Round So Significantly.

Cornes: “What do you feel? Gut sense claims minimum amount 3, probably out for 4.”

Beveridge: “I imagine it’ll be intentional, if it’s intentional and large (affect), it’ll be 3 matches, but if it is intentional and intense (impact) – and you’d have to feel it is severe – it goes straight to the tribunal.

“Importantly there, it’s a bare minimum of 4 game titles if it goes instantly to the tribunal if he’s discovered guilty.”

Cornes: “It’s an regular act, he’s run previous the football and bumped him large in a area where we know that’s not permitted.

“I admire Chris Scott for his coaching and Tom Stewart for his admission article-match.

“But the believed has to be with Dion Prestia, it is an unpleasant act that should not come about on a football discipline in 2022 and he’ll cop his right whack.

“It’s not indicating he’s a lousy man or woman, but that’s an standard soccer act, it is unsightly and it shouldn’t have occurred.

“He’ll pay the value, and rightly so.”

A conclusion on no matter whether to suspend Stewart or mail him right to the tribunal will be handed down by MRO Michael Christian on Saturday evening.