Guilty: Carlton's Heath Scotland.

Guilty: Carlton's Heath Scotland. Photo: Paul Rovere

CARLTON is in ''no real hurry'' to decide on a penalty for Heath Scotland, who has been found guilty of assault, despite concerns aired by the AFL and media commentators on the need to send a message about player involvement in off-field violence.

Carlton's general manager of football operations, Andrew McKay, told SEN yesterday he did not want to speculate on a possible punishment, but confirmed that Scotland, Carlton's 2012 club champion, would miss games in 2013.

''We need to sit down as a group [to make the decision],'' he said. ''Obviously, there's no real hurry. Everyone in the media seems to be stressing the issue a little bit, but there's no real hurry to the sanction now.

''It's certainly going to be games - what type of game is yet to be decided. Obviously, they aren't occurring for a number of months, but we want to get it tidied up in the next month or so.''

McKay said Carlton would keep the AFL informed of its deliberations.

''They just want to be kept in the loop,'' he said. ''It's our decision … They do have the power to come over the top, but I'd like to think we are sensible enough to hand down the appropriate penalty so they won't need to come over the top. We'll handle it ourselves.

''I think it's more of a process of us keeping in touch with them and letting them know what we think the appropriate sanction is and making sure they are well aware of it … and [that] the players' association are well aware of it, and then going from there.''

Referring to the assault, McKay said ''that type of behaviour is unacceptable at Carlton''.

Scotland, 32, last month signed a one-year contract extension that will keep him at Carlton for the 2013 season. Last week, he won his first Carlton best and fairest, edging past small forward Eddie Betts in the final round of the season.

Several players have missed games in 2012 for offences as minor as being out too late before training sessions. Collingwood's Sharrod Wellingham and Dane Swan were suspended for two games for being out late drinking, without any other misdemeanour recorded.

In 2010, when Essendon's Michael Hurley received a two-year good behaviour bond after pleading guilty to assault, he was suspended by the Bombers for the first three matches of the season.