Cats to challenge Selwood's AFL suspension

Michael Ramsey and Roger Vaughan
Geelong captain Joel Selwood clashed with Port Adelaide's Lindsay Thomas at Adelaide Oval

Geelong have confirmed they will appeal Joel Selwood's striking charge, setting up a marathon night at the AFL tribunal.

The Cats captain will join Port Adelaide forward Lindsay Thomas and Hawthorn defender James Sicily, who were referred directly for their incidents.

Nine other players, including Brownlow Medal fancies Tom Mitchell and Patrick Dangerfield, accepted fines after being charged by match review officer Michael Christian.

The tribunal will sit from 5pm on Tuesday, with the hearings likely to stretch on beyond the 7.25pm start time of Melbourne's clash with Richmond at the MCG.

Thomas and Selwood each received one-game bans for striking each other on Saturday night at Adelaide Oval.

Their scuffle took place within seconds of Thomas laying out Selwood's brother, Scott with a nasty bump.

Thomas was charged with rough conduct for the incident involving Scott Selwood and sent straight to the tribunal.

Geelong coach Chris Scott on Monday night said he was shocked with the striking charge levelled against his skipper.

Scott, who played alongside twin brother Brad at Brisbane, doubted he would have been restrained as Joel Selwood.

"I am proud of him. I played with my brother as well and if I saw that, I'm not sure I would have been as controlled," Scott said.

"He (Joel) honestly believes he didn't make any contact at all; he grabbed his jumper and he had to remonstrate.

"His blood would have been boiling."

Sicily's referral means the Hawks defender faces his second ban this season.

He was booked for misconduct, after footage showed him stepping on Shaun Atley as the North Melbourne player was lying on the ground.

Christian said what Sicily did was absolutely unacceptable.