AFL tribunal 2022, Tom Stewart hearing live, bump on Dion Prestia, blog, result, news, updates, Match Review, arguments

Tom Stewart says he feels “ill” thinking about his nasty bump on Richmond’s Dion Prestia as the star Geelong defender faces a lengthy suspension.

Stewart is facing AFL Tribunal tonight (follow live below) after his bump on Prestia – who was subbed out of Saturday’s game at the MCG under concussion protocols – was graded as careless conduct, severe impact and high contact, an assessment that led to a direct referral to the tribunal.

At the beginning of the hearing, Geelong requested a three-week suspension while the AFL called for a four-week ban.

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Speaking to reporters on Monday, a remorseful Stewart insisted there was no malicious intent – despite the result – behind his actions, revealing he called Prestia soon after the game had finished to apologise.

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

“I understood that I’d made a wrong decision.

“It still sits in my gut and makes me feel quite ill.”

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The it was graded as careless, not intentional, indicates the MRO assessed Stewart’s hit 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 graded careless and severe.

Both ex-Power player Lindsay Thomas and Geelong superstar Patrick Dangerfield copped three-game bans for their bumps in 2018 and 2021 respectively.

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Considering the MRO grading and the fact the AFL at the tribunal can’t argue for the careless grading to be upgraded, Whateley said a three-week ban was the “starting point”.

“The precedent on careless and severe is three, which is less than I felt across the weekend,” Whateley told AFL 360. “But having done the work, that’s where the starting point is.”

Co-host Mark Robinson, though, said Stewart should be looking at a five to six-week penalty.

Stewart said: “I’m sort of at the mercy at the tribunal now. It was a poor act and a poor decision by myself, but I have to live with that now and that’s the hardest thing for me.”

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