REIGNING Carlton best-and-fairest winner Heath Scotland will miss the opening two matches of the season, against Richmond and Collingwood, after being suspended by his club.
The Blues have also ordered the veteran to make a $3000 donation to charity after he pleaded guilty to an assault charge last year.
Scotland escaped conviction and was handed a two-year good behaviour bond in October over his role in a pub brawl at Mulwala, in southern NSW, last January.
''The club is very disappointed in Heath's actions as they did not uphold Carlton's core values and behaviours,'' the club's general manager of football, Andrew McKay, said on Wednesday.
''Heath has expressed considerable remorse for his actions and will make the $3000 donation to Les Twentyman's 20th Man organisation.
''Heath understands this is a serious matter and accepts the club's reasoning for the two-game suspension and donation.''
Scotland will be available for the pre-season competition and to play for the club's VFL affiliate, the Northern Blues, during his suspension, which was endorsed by the AFL.