Geelong forward Gary Rohan has been handed a suspension due to his strike on Lachie Neale in the Cats’ one-point win.

Geelong forward Gary Rohan has been handed a two-match ban by the AFL’s Match Review Officer for striking Lachie Neale in the Cats’ thrilling one-point win.

Rohan was charged with striking Neale in the first quarter, with the incident assessed as “intentional conduct, medium impact and high contact”.

It remains to be seen whether Geelong will contest the charge at the AFL Tribunal, particularly after Cats coach Chris Scott had expressed his confidence that Rohan would avoid a suspension.

Scott was adamant that Neale had started the exchange between the two players by striking Rohan in the chest, before Rohan reacted with a swinging right arm.

Lachie Neale Gary Rohan

“I thought Neale struck Gary on the chest and then Gary struck him on the chest,” he said.

“Neale did (start it), the vision is clear. I’m not saying he did the wrong thing, that’s footy.

“I’ve had a pretty good look at what Gary did and I’m comfortable with it.”

While Rohan was handed a two-match ban for the exchange, Neale was not handed any sanction from the MRO.

The reigning Brownlow Medallist fell to the ground clutching his jaw, before raising three fingers at Rohan, seemingly indicating that he would be handed a three-match ban.

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