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Collingwood midfielder Steele Sidebottom has been offered a two-game suspension for his hit on Dan Hannebery

COLLINGWOOD'S Steele Sidebottom has been offered a two-match ban for engaging in rough conduct on Sydney Swan Dan Hannebery.

However, Fremantle's Matthew Pavlich, Brisbane Lion Mitch Robinson and Adelaide midfielder Matt Crouch all had match-day charges dropped.

Sidebottom's suspension was bumped up to three weeks because of his bad record, but an early plea would allow him to miss only two games.

His poor record stems from a three-week ban in 2014 for a high bump on St Kilda's Maverick Weller. 

Collingwood's next two opponents are Richmond and St Kilda.

It continues a horror few days for the Pies, who lost to the Swans by 80 points last Saturday night.

Pavlich's charge of engaging in rough conduct against Western Bulldog Easton Wood was dismissed as the MRP found the former Dockers captain had no other way to attack the ball.

Gold Coast's Tom Lynch and Melbourne's Jeff Garlett can both accept $1000 fines for their respective strikes on Essendon's Mark Baguley and Greater Western Sydney's Phil Davis. 

Both incidents were judged as careless conduct with low impact to the head.

Robinson was booked for engaging in rough conduct, but the panel found the Lion had tried to change direction to avoid Ellis, who was seen to have stepped into Robinson's path.

Crouch had no case to answer for a forceful high contact charge against North Melbourne's Jarrad Waite as the panel said it could not detect any forceful contact to the head or neck.

St Kilda's Jarryn Geary was charged with engaging in rough conduct against Port Adelaide's Robbie Gray and he can also accept a $1000 fine.