Cats star Dangerfield backs AFL ban for Viney elbow

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AFL Players' Association president Patrick Dangerfield believes Jack Viney's two-match suspension is a fair outcome after an "ugly" incident led to the Melbourne midfielder being banned for serious misconduct.

Viney was sent directly to the tribunal and found guilty on Tuesday night of pressing and holding his elbow into the neck and throat of Gold Coast defender Sam Collins.

The Demons vice-captain pleaded guilty and accepted the incident was "not a great look for the game" but was adamant Collins had instigated contact between the pair.

Viney also argued he had made meaningful contact only to the jaw, not the neck or throat, after acting in "self-defence" to stop Collins from flipping him onto his back.

That argument was rejected as "nonsense" by AFL legal counsel Jeff Gleeson, who said Viney's action was designed to intimidate and hurt Collins.

Dangerfield told SEN radio on Wednesday he feels the two-match suspension is "probably about right".

"I'm sure Jack would admit this, it's not something we want to see in our game," Dangerfield said.

"I understand as well as anyone it's an emotional game at times and things happen, but it's certainly something that we want to stomp out."

Dangerfield hopes Viney's action is a one-off and said it is incumbent on players to set a good example for the wider community, in particular children.

"It's an ugly look, there's no doubt about it," the Geelong superstar said.

"Jack plays on the edge, he's an aggressive player, but I also believe him to be a fair player as well.

"I don't think we should hang him out to dry; he's copped his whack and he'll no doubt be disappointed.

"We all move on and we've just got to make sure that we learn from it as a code and individually and we get better from it."

Viney will miss Melbourne's clash with West Coast at Optus Stadium on Monday nigh and the Demons' meeting with Adelaide in Round 22.