MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 09: Steven May of the Demons handballs during the 2019 JLT Community Series AFL match between the Melbourne Demons and the Brisbane Lions at Casey Fields on March 09, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

Melbourne defender Steven May has had his appeal thrown out by the AFL Tribunal, meaning he will miss the Demons’ round one clash with Port Adelaide on March 23.

May was charged with making careless conduct with medium impact to the head of Brisbane’s Jarrod Berry in the fourth quarter of their JLT clash on Saturday.

Melbourne were trying to downgrade the charge, although proved unsuccessful in their attempts, meaning May’s Demons debut must now wait until their round two clash with Geelong.