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Melbourne's May loses AFL tribunal case

Star Melbourne recruit Steven May will miss the Demons' round-one clash against Port Adelaide after the AFL tribunal upheld his suspension.

Melbourne's May loses AFL tribunal case

Star Melbourne recruit Steven May will miss the Demons' round-one clash against Port Adelaide after the AFL tribunal upheld his suspension.

STEVEN MAY of the Suns handballs during the AFL match between the Gold Coast Suns and the Melbourne Demons at The Gabba in Brisbane, Australia.
STEVEN MAY of the Suns handballs during the AFL match between the Gold Coast Suns and the Melbourne Demons at The Gabba in Brisbane, Australia. Picture:Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images

Star Melbourne recruit Steven May accepts he must clean up parts of his game after the AFL tribunal upheld his one-game suspension.

Tuesday night's unsuccessful hearing means May must wait an extra week for his official Demons debut.


May pleaded guilty, but failed to have his rough conduct charge reduced from medium to low impact.

He will miss the Demons' round-one game on Saturday week against Port Adelaide at the MCG.

The former Gold Coast co-captain was suspended for an incident where he collected Brisbane midfielder Jarrod Berry high with his shoulder during Saturday's pre-season match.

May did not give evidence during the hearing and said afterwards he needed to be more careful around bumping and protecting an opponent's head.

"I don't think I need to change my whole game, but there are parts I could clean up, no doubt," he said.

"I don't want to be here (the tribunal) ever again.

"We play a fast-paced game and those sorts of decisions are made on instinct and unfortunately sometimes they can happen.

"I wouldn't change the way I play, there's just things I can tidy up."

May felt Melbourne went to the tribunal with a good case.

"Unfortunately I will be missing round one, but all I can do now is do everything to win the respect of my teammates again," he said.

"Obviously I'm pretty disappointed, because it's a new club and I (was) pretty excited to play in round one.

"But that's the way it is and I'm just glad that Jarrod is OK ... it's an unfortunate incident and I just have to be more careful, I suppose."

It means Melbourne will go into round one without two of their key defenders, with Jake Lever still recovering from the knee reconstruction he needed halfway through last season.

All other players charged from last weekend's round of trial games have accepted sanctions offered by the match review officer.

Fremantle's Brandon Matera has copped his one-match ban for striking West Coast's Jake Waterman and will also miss the start of the premiership season.

Melbourne's Aaron vandenBerg accepted penalties for two charges - a striking count and making careless contact with an umpire - and has been fined $3000.

Port Adelaide's Todd Marshall (rough conduct, $2000 fine), Melbourne's Clayton Oliver (striking, $1500), Hawthorn's Liam Shiels (striking, $2000) and St Kilda's Dean Kent (rough conduct, $2000) all accepted their proposed sanctions.

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