Sydney Swans star Lance Franklin offered one-game ban

Superstar Lance Franklin will miss Sydney's clash with AFL flag favourites Melbourne after he was handed a one-match ban for striking.

Franklin struck Richmond veteran Trent Cotchin during a fiery second-quarter exchange at the SCG on Friday night.

The incident was assessed as intentional, low impact and high contract by the match review officer and Franklin can accept a one-match sanction with an early plea.

Cotchin checked Franklin's run inside the 50m arc and the pair exchanged shoves, before the Swans' spearhead threw a right hand at his opponent.

Cotchin's head went back after contact and he pointed to his jaw as he claimed a free kick.

He was not seriously affected, playing out the rest of the match.

Asked about the incident during a post-match interview on the Seven Network, Franklin said: "Mate, I can't even remember. I can't remember it."

But there was no way it was going to slip past the match review officer.

Franklin kicked five goals in a match-winning display against Richmond, shaking off Josh Gibcus' tight checking to inspire the Swans' comeback.

His absence will make Sydney's task of upsetting rampaging reigning premiers Melbourne at the MCG in round 12 even tougher.