GEELONG champion Gary Ablett will serve the first suspension of his decorated 331-game career after the Cats chose not to challenge his one-match ban for striking Gold Coast's Anthony Miles.
Ablett will miss Saturday's clash with Sydney at GMHBA Stadium after accepting the sanction applied by Match Review Officer Michael Christian.
The AFL Tribunal won't sit on Tuesday night after GWS star Toby Greene, Melbourne's Clayton Oliver and St Kilda's Luke Dunstan all accepted $2000 fines for striking.
Ablett was handed a reprieve at the AFL Tribunal for elbowing Essendon's Dylan Shiel in the head three weeks ago, having initially been offered a one-game suspension, before walking away unscathed a fortnight ago for a similar incident with North Melbourne's Sam Wright.
However, it's a case of third time unlucky for the veteran Cat, with his apparent punch to the face of Miles worthy of a one-match ban.
The Match Review Officer assessed the incident as intentional conduct with low impact to the head.
It will be the first time Ablett has been suspended throughout his illustrious 331-game career.
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It came amid a quiet weekend for Christian, with no other suspensions dished out.
Oliver and Greene were each fined $2000 for respective striking incidents during their clash on Sunday.
Both incidents came within moments of each other, with each strike graded by Christian as intentional conduct with low impact to the body and worthy of a monetary sanction.
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Dunstan's incident was assessed as careless conduct with low impact to the head after collecting Carlton player Michael Gibbons in a marking contest.
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St Kilda forward Ben Long's match-day report for a late bump on Carlton's Levi Casboult was thrown out.