Jed Lamb's costly weekend has become even more expensive after the Carlton utility failed to have a striking charge thrown out at the AFL tribunal.
At a tribunal hearing on Tuesday night, Lamb chose to contest a $2000 fine for striking Western Bulldogs star Marcus Bontempelli.
He copped the sanction after flooring Bontempelli with an elbow to the back during Sunday's game at Etihad Stadium, which the Bulldogs won by 17 points.
But after a lengthy hearing, that penalty was increased to $3000 after he was unsuccessful.
Lamb was the only player to face the tribunal after 10 other players, including Sydney's Luke Parker, accepted fines.
AFL match review officer Michael Christian assessed Lamb's action as intentional conduct with low impact to the body.
There was talk Bontempelli had milked the contact but coach Luke Beveridge said the Bulldogs star was nursing a sore back after he was hurt in last week's win over North Melbourne.
"He got a hit right on that spot he landed on last week. There's no way Marcus Bontempelli would ever take a dive," Beveridge said.
Australian Associated Press