Hawkins would have risked being slugged with a two-match sanction if he’d unsuccessfully challenged the ban at the AFL Tribunal on Tuesday night.
Cats coach Chris Scott said on Monday he was “shocked” to learn the match review panel had charged Hawkins for a low-impact cuff to the jaw of GWS co-captain Phil Davis.
“The most I can say is that it took me by surprise … I’d seen the incident and I didn’t really give it a second thought,” Scott told Fox Footy on Monday night.
” … it shocked me but now we need to be professional and work through the process.
“I’ll have my two cents’ worth and then (football chief) Steve Hocking and our team go to work on it.
“But it is a big, big risk to take something like this to the tribunal.”
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