Selwood will attend Harvey’s hearing at the AFL tribunal to help the veteran get off his one-match ban for his high hit on the Cats skipper.
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Geelong captain Joel Selwood says Brent Harvey’s hit on him was an accident and will head to the AFL tribunal on Tuesday night in a bid to have the North Melbourne veteran’s one-match ban overturned.
The Kangaroos confirmed on Monday they would challenge the ban in an attempt to make their star midfielder available for Friday’s preliminary final against Sydney.
The 36-year-old was hit with a rough conduct ban by the AFL’s match review panel on Monday for making high contact on Selwood during the Kangaroos’ six-point win at the MCG last Friday.
Selwood was forced from the ground under the blood rule after the impact with Harvey opened up a cut above his right eye.
The Cats skipper told Channel Nine that he would be available to attend the tribunal to back Harvey.
“Those collisions happen throughout the night. We’ve all seen it, it was very minor,” he said.
“The contact, I was running at speed, he was running at speed, it happens, accidents happen.
“I got a phone call from (Geelong football manager) Neil Balme this morning and he said `are you free tomorrow night if you’re needed? And I said `yeah, I’m available’.”
Harvey had only just returned from a three-week ban for misconduct.
If Harvey is found guilty, he will miss North Melbourne’s first preliminary final in seven years.