Kangaroo Brent Harvey will not play in the first six matches of the 2013 season due to suspension. Harvey decided to appeal his two-match ban for striking Adam Selwood he received last week.

After more than half an hour deliberation, the AFL Appeals Board yesterday dismissed Harvey’s appeal to have the Selwood charge dropped. It is beleieved that if Harvey had called Selwood and he had been present at the Tribunal last week to present evidence, the outcome may have been different. However, the opportunity to contact Selwood was not taken and the Board chose to uphold the Tribunal’s decision.

Harvey was already due to miss the first four games of the next season attributed to his strike on Eagle Daniel Kerr. He said he is disappointed he will miss game next year, but he doesn’t regret challenging the charge.