The AFL will hand Geelong coach Chris Scott a suspended fine for his role in a heated altercation with a number of Brisbane Lions players.
The AFL will hand Geelong coach Chris Scott a suspended fine for his role in a heated altercation with a number of Brisbane Lions players, according to veteran journalist Caroline Wilson.
The incident occurred during the quarter-time break of Geelong’s eventual one-point win when Lions coach Chris Fagan was left incensed at the fact that Scott had approached his players’ huddle.
According to AFL reporter Damian Barrett, after Scott had suggested that the Lions players, namely Lachie Neale, had been soft in the opening quarter, teammate Harris Andrews responded with “not as soft as you pricks in the Grand Final”.
There were also accusations that Lions players had made references to Scott’s hair and also commented on Cats forward Gary Rohan’s personal life.
The AFL issued a “please explain” to Scott over his conduct, and will now move to hand down a suspended fine, which according to Wilson will mark a line in the sand moment for the league.
“Chris Scott will be punished for that altercation with Lachie Neale which happened at quarter time of the Geelong-Brisbane game,” Wilson told Nine’s Footy Classified.
“There were several other incidents in that game but the AFL were particularly strong on the fact that Chris Scott responded to a comment from Lachie Neale.
“A suspended fine will be the punishment. It might sound weak but it’s a line in the sand moment.
“The AFL have checked out what unfolded at quarter time. Chris Scott responding to a comment about Gary Rohan.
“The AFL aren’t particularly happy about Lachie Neale, but believe there is a grown-up in the room and that is the senior coach.
“They now regret not acting perhaps on that (other) incident, which was that comment to Razor Ray during the finals last year, when Chris walked into the ground and had a crack at Razor Ray about bouncing the ball.
“Of course, we know Chris Scott has a few priors. He had a crack at Hamish Hartlett a few years ago back in 2016.
“There was also an allegation that Chris Scott might have spoken with umpires or made comments about umpires. The AFL have gone through the vision but haven’t ascertained that did happen.
“It’s a line in the sand moment. They probably think they should have acted earlier on this. Coaches are no longer going to be able to talk to players and if they do it won’t be a suspended fine. This will be the last suspended fine in my view.”
While the Geelong coach’s actions have been criticised by some, including Wilson, AFL greats Kane Cornes and Matthew Lloyd stood up for the veteran Cats coach.
“I don’t believe you should be getting involved and speaking with players, but I loved it,” Lloyd told Footy Classified on Monday.
“The spite this game. We haven’t seen many rivalries in this game for a long, long time.”
Cornes added: “I think it’s great for the game. We see this stuff in American sport all the time, it builds the brand of the sport.”