Adelaide midfielder Izak Rankine will miss the next four games after appearing at the AFL Tribunal tonight.

Rankine was charged with rough conduct over an incident involving Brisbane’s Brandon Starcevich at the Gabba on Sunday.

The Match Review Officer graded it intentional, with high contact and severe impact and offered Rankine a four-game suspension.

The Club argued Rankine’s actions were not intentional but careless and sought to have the penalty reduced, however the Tribunal upheld the ban.

Crows Head of Football Adam Kelly reinforced both the Club and Rankine’s contrition for what had happened.

“Tonight was never about seeking to have Izak cleared and that’s evidenced by the fact that he pleaded guilty to the charge of rough conduct. Izak is remorseful for his actions and has apologised to Brandon,” Kelly said.

“It was about attempting to prove to the tribunal that it was never Izak’s intention for the consequence of his bump to be anything like what unfortunately occurred, and to that end, his actions were not intentional but careless.

“We accept the tribunal’s decision and Izak will look to finish the season strongly when he returns in four weeks.”