The AFL has asked Geelong coach Chris Scott to explain his behaviour in Friday night’s testy exchange with Brisbane players at quarter-time.
His former football boss Steve Hocking, now the AFL’s football manager, has sent Scott a please explain over the incident, asking for his version of events from the fiery encounter with Lachie Neale and other Brisbane players at GMHBA Stadium.
Geelong coach Chris Scott has been asked to explain his run-in with Lions players on Friday night.Credit:Getty Images
League sources said Scott had been sent a letter asking for an explanation on Tuesday.
The AFL was tied up on Monday trying to rearrange teams and fixtures due to the coronavirus outbreak, so was not able to attend to the Scott matter then.
But the league was mindful that while it had been consumed with COVID-19 matters, the quarter-time drama was not an issue that could be allowed to pass unchallenged.
The quarter-time incident appeared to have been sparked by an in-play incident that resulted in a suspension for Geelong’s Gary Rohan.
Rohan, who threw out an arm that caused Lions star Neale to fall to the ground holding his jaw, was suspended by the match review officer for two matches for striking.
Scott told reporters after the game on Friday night that it was Neale who had initiated the quarter-time discussion, and Scott had responded.
He also said that Neale had initiated the contact with Rohan.
“I was walking onto the ground and Lachie Neale just said to me something, I couldn’t understand exactly what he said, but something about Gary Rohan. And I said I’m happy to have the conversation with you if you like, I have seen the vision, and I am comfortable with it,” Scott said.
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