MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 22: Patrick Cripps (left) and Sam Petrevski-Seton of the Blues remonstrate with Daniel Howe of the Hawks after Howe struck Cripps before a ball up during the 2018 AFL round 18 match between the Carlton Blues and the Hawthorn Hawks at Etihad Stadium on July 22, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Hawthorn’s Daniel Howe has been handed a three-match ban for tripping Carlton’s Zac Fisher during their clash on Sunday at Etihad Stadium.

Howe received a two-match ban for striking Blues vice-captain Patrick Cripps in the opening seconds of the match, and accepted that ban, meaning he will now miss the next five weeks of football.

Given the classification of his trip was deemed severe, Michael Christian had no choice but to refer the matter directly to the Tribunal.

Howe failed in his attempt to overturn the charge, with the grading of the incident remaining severe.

With Howe now on the sidelines serving a double-ban, he will not be eligible for the Hawks until the first week of finals, if Hawthorn qualify.

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