Cats star Stewart dealing with prolonged AFL ban

Tom Stewart has conceded to Geelong coach Chris Scott about producing an error in elbowing Richmond’s Dion Prestia and the star Cats defender is preparing for a lengthy stint on the sidelines.

Stewart is facing a lengthy suspension for a 1st-quarter incident in Saturday’s AFL clash at the MCG that left Prestia with a concussion.

The triple premiership midfielder was dazed and bewildered immediately after becoming gathered by a forceful elbow from All-Australian Tom Stewart.

A groggy Prestia was assisted off the floor by trainers and subbed out of the sport for Richmond large guy Ivan Soldo.

The incident will bring in notice from the match review officer and Stewart could be strike with a suspension of 4 weeks or a lot more.

He was booed by the Tigers trustworthy every single time he went in the vicinity of the ball but even now performed a very important role in the Cats’ thrilling a few-stage victory, such as getting a significant contested mark close to Richmond’s plans in the dying seconds.

Scott went into depth about the chat he experienced with Stewart at quarter-time, and in the rooms right after the video game.

“I have known Tom for a extensive time and he is a scrupulously honest participant and just a excellent powerful character, basic to what we do at Geelong,” Scott mentioned.

“When my time has appear and long gone, I’ll glimpse again and say I was honoured to mentor Tom Stewart.

“When I spoke to him publish-game, he said ‘I’ve just produced a awful error and I truly feel awful about it’.

“‘I ran earlier the ball and I selected to bump, I didn’t suggest to do it but gee it was terrible execution and I’m heading to pay out the cost for it’.

“I wouldn’t usually be this expansive but I assumed it speaks to the man.

“He is familiar with he’s done the wrong issue.

“Was it deliberate? Of class it was not. He is created an mistake, and as folks do that I admire, he’s prepared to stand up and say I was mistaken.

“It won’t assist them … they get rid of 1 of their most effective gamers and we you should not operate away from that fact.

“But he must have some consolation in the reality that is not him and it was an mistake of execution and absolutely nothing a lot more.

“Tom’s a very psychological male and he was experience it, we could see, visibly, it weighing seriously on him.

“He’ll fork out the value, I do not assume there is a lot question about that, and you cannot control what individuals feel of you.”

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick refused to obtain into the incident but mentioned Prestia was in first rate spirits in the rooms.

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