More insight has been provided into the quarter-time confrontation between Brisbane players and Geelong coach Chris Scott during a heated clash on Friday night.
The Cats escaped with a thrilling one-point win as controversial umpiring decisions and Scott’s ugly stand-off dominated the headlines in the aftermath.
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The Geelong mentor had to be pulled away by his own players, including Cam Guthrie and captain Joel Selwood, as he exchanged terse words at the break with Lions players.
Mitch Robinson, Joe Daniher and Harris Andrews appeared to be caught up in the confrontation and Scott later revealed Lachie Neale goaded him into becoming involved, after the reigning Brownlow Medallist copped a whack off-the-ball from Gary Rohan.
“I was walking onto the ground and Lachie Neale just said to me something like — I couldn’t understand exactly what he said — but something about Gary Rohan,” Scott said.
“And I said, ‘I’m happy to have the conversation with you if you like. I’ve seen the vision and I’m comfortable with it’.
“I suspect he didn’t hear all of that. That’s all that was said.
“I think a few of them, they weren’t paying me compliments. I didn’t say anything after that.”
Chris Scott was right in the middle of things.Source:FOX SPORTS
Further reports suggest a Brisbane player may have sledged Scott about his team’s performance in the 2020 grand final, which it lost to Richmond by 31 points.
AFL.com.au’s Damian Barrett reported Scott may have questioned the visiting team’s toughness, to which a Lions star replied with a sledge along the lines of: “Not as soft as you p****s in the grand final.”
Rohan faces a two-match ban for striking Neale, though Geelong can challenge the judgment at the AFL tribunal this week.
Neale showed plenty of cheek after taking his tumble. The midfielder bounced straight back up and flashed three fingers at Rohan — suggesting the Cat was looking at three weeks on the sideline. He wasn’t far off.
Neale was also seen rubbing his jaw in a taunting motion.
Scott defended his player, saying he was retaliating after Neale hit Rohan first.
“I thought Neale struck Gary on the chest and then Gary struck him on the chest,” Scott said. “But I’m certainly not saying he did the wrong thing. That’s footy.
“But I’ve had a pretty good look at what Gary did and I’m comfortable with it.”
Rohan thought Neale was acting.Source:News Corp Australia
The dramatic bust-ups came after COVID-19 caused chaos before the first bounce in Geelong, because Queensland recorded a new coronavirus case — who visited a dozen Brisbane venues while infectious.
Victoria’s Department of Health and Human Services announced new regulations relating to the latest positive test, saying anyone who arrived in the state from Brisbane since March 12 had to get a coronavirus test and isolate until they receive a negative result.
The Lions fell under that category because they arrived from Queensland on Thursday, but the game went ahead after the visitors were granted an exemption due to enhanced biosecurity protocols players are abiding by.
A sign at the ground told fans to leave the stadium if they had arrived from Brisbane in the time period indicated.
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