GRATEFUL Western Bulldogs ruckman Will Minson has spoken for the first time since he successfully appealed his suspension for making intentional contact with an umpire, thanking the VFL for "a fair hearing".

Minson was slapped with a four-game ban on Tuesday after he pushed VFL umpire Thomas Chrystie in the back when his goal was disallowed during Footscray's big win over North Ballarat last Sunday. 

But the 30-year-old challenged the decision at the VFL Appeals Board on Thursday night, and successfully had the sanction changed to a reprimand "in the most severe terms" and a hefty $7500 fine.

Speaking in a recorded message, Minson said he was looking forward to returning to the Dogs' senior side for the first time since round three in Saturday's important clash with Greater Western Sydney at Etihad Stadium. 

"I'd like to thank AFL Victoria and the VFL Tribunal for a fair hearing this week. I'd also like to thank umpire Tom Chrystie for the manner in which he handled himself and I wish him all the best for his umpiring career," Minson said. 

"I acknowledge the rules are in place to provide a safe and inclusive working environment for umpires, and also that without them we simply wouldn't have a game. And these rules provide an opportunity for all to participate at every level.

"I'd like to thank the football club for their support throughout this week and the fans alike, and I'm looking forward most of all to getting out and playing football this weekend."