WESTERN Bulldogs star Bailey Smith admits his emotions got the better of him after accepting a two-match ban for headbutting Zach Tuohy.

Smith accepted a suspension for headbutting Tuohy in Friday night's 13-point loss to Geelong.


The 21-year-old midfielder will miss the Bulldogs' clashes against Greater Western Sydney and Hawthorn after the club's round 13 bye.

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Smith, who has starred this year, said the incident was out of character for him.

"I'm disappointed to be missing the next two matches, and regret that I won't be able to help my teammates on the field during that period," he said.

"I understand what happened was outside of what's expected of AFL players. Unfortunately, I let my emotions get the better of me, which is out of character for me.

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"I am determined to come back in a couple of weeks to continue giving 100 per cent for my teammates and the club."

Smith is averaging 31.6 disposals, 3.7 tackles and 3.7 clearances this year.

The Bulldogs are 6-6 and sit in ninth spot on the ladder.

Zach Tuohy holds his head after being headbutted by Bailey Smith during Geelong's clash against the Western Bulldogs. Picture: AFL Photos