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Stewart handed four game ban



Geelong defender Tom Stewart has been handed a four match ban for rough conduct, learning his fate for his hit on Richmond midfielder Dion Prestia on Tuesday night.


The AFL Tribunal handed down the suspension after Stewart was referred directly and did not contest the charge.


The Cats unsuccessfully argued for a three-game ban, with tribunal chairman Jeff Gleeson saying the degree of carelessness was "high".


The 29 year old will miss matches against North Melbourne, Melbourne, Carlton, and Port Adelaide as a result of the ban.


Geelong are second after beating the Tigers, with Stewart knocking out Prestia late in the first quarter on Saturday night at the MCG.


Prestia was forced out of the game and the ugly incident reignited debate about whether a sin bin or send-off rule is needed in the AFL.


He was charged with rough conduct and the incident was graded careless, severe impact and high contact.


It's the first time the three time All-Australian has been suspended in his career.


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