Steele Sidebottom

Steele Sidebottom Photo: Getty Images

Collingwood has accepted the three-match ban handed down by the match review panel to midfielder Steele Sidebottom.

Sidebottom risked an additional week on the sidelines had he chosen to contest the decision, but the Magpies chose not to challenge the sanctions, meaning that Sidebottom will miss matches against Melbourne, the Western Bulldogs and Hawthorn.

Steele Sidebottom hits Maverick Weller in the opening seconds of the Collingwood v St KIlda game last Friday night at Etihad Stadium.

Steele Sidebottom hits Maverick Weller in the opening seconds of the Collingwood v St KIlda game last Friday night at Etihad Stadium. Photo: Getty Images

Sidebottom was charged with rough conduct for his bump on St Kilda tagger Maverick Weller which led to Weller being subbed out of the game between the Saints and Magpies on Friday night.

The MRP assessed the collision as reckless, "high" impact and "high" contact.

Sidebottom was surprisingly frank about the incident before the match review panel's verdict, saying he had apologised to Weller and would accept his penalty "on the chin".

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley said the bump was “unlucky” and what Sidebottom learns from the incident is up to him.

“First and foremost Steele’s a ball player and the ball bounced up in front of his eyes and he jumped up to get it and the ball was gone and he didn't know what to do after that, so he was caught in a position, that every footballer gets caught in at times,” he said.

Because the MRP considers severity of injury, not just whether an incident was accidental or intentional, it was enough to send the midfielder off for weeks, Buckley said.

“We’re disappointed we’re going to miss out on one of our best players over the next three weeks but it’s an opportunity for another. I don’t know what Steele learns from that other than he probably could have made a different decision at the time.”

The tribunal will however be forced to sit on Tuesday night after Port Adelaide chose to contest Jay Schulz’s reprimand for striking Melbourne Neville Jetta. Schulz’s blow to Jetta during Saturday’s game between the Demons and Power in Alice Springs drew 80 demerit points, and the Power forward could have accepted 60 points to his record should he have taken the early guilty plea.

The former Tiger- who is enjoying a stellar season for the top-of-the ladder side -may seek to have his penalty downgraded even further from reckless to negligent, or perhaps that he was making a legitimate attempt to spoil the ball sent into the Port Adelaide forward 50 but which Schulz was in a difficult position to mark.

GWS spearhead Jeremy Cameron will miss his side’s match this week against Essendon after choosing to accept his one-game penalty for rough conduct made to Hawk Jarryd Roughead. Lion Ryan Harwood also accepted a fine for negligent contact with an umpire.