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Tom Stewart says he feels ‘bad’ thinking about his bad bump over Richmond’s Dion Prestia as the Geelong star defender faces a lengthy suspension.

Stewart will face the AFL court on Tuesday night after his bump on Prestia – who was removed from Saturday’s game at the MCG under concussion protocols – was classified as negligent conduct, severe impact and high contact – an assessment which led to a direct referral to court.


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Speaking to reporters on Monday, a remorseful Stewart insisted there was no malicious intent – despite the outcome – behind his actions, revealing he called Prestia shortly after the match ended to apologize.

“It’s been a day or two for a long time,” Stewart told reporters.

“I realized that I had made a bad decision.

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“It’s still sitting in my belly and making me very sick.”

The fact that it was classified as negligent, unintentional indicates that the MRO assessed Stewart’s blow as a bump and not a raised elbow.

speaking on AFL 360 On Monday night, co-host Gerard Whateley compared Stewart’s incident to two other past bumps that were also rated reckless and serious.

Former Power player Lindsay Thomas and Geelong superstar Patrick Dangerfield received three-match bans for their bumps in 2018 and 2021 respectively.

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Considering the MRO rating and the fact that the AFL in court cannot argue for the negligent rating upgrade, Whateley said a three-week ban was the “starting point”.

“The precedent on neglect and severity is three, which is less than I felt throughout the weekend,” Whateley said. AFL 360. “But having done the work, that’s where the starting point is.”

Co-host Mark Robinson, however, said Stewart should consider a penalty of five to six weeks.

Stewart said: “I’m kind of at the mercy of the court now. It was a bad act and a bad decision on my part, but I have to live with it now and it’s the hardest thing for me.

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