Despite the guilty plea, Hodge said that he had intended to hit Swallow in the chest.
Hodge also explained he had apologized to both the North Melbourne skipper and coach Brad Scott for the incident.
“I do play a physical style of football, but that’s no excuse for what I did … I spoke to him on Monday,” he said.
The contact was deemed to be high impact, careless and head high.
May could have accepted a two-match ban with an early guilty plea, but will now be forced to sit out three matches against Adelaide, West Coast and Collingwood.
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