Geelong coach Chris Scott rejects phone calls for a ship-off rule in the AFL in spite of creating a SENSATIONAL admission about Tom Stewart’s sickening hit on Dion Prestia
- Prestia did not return to the area soon after the bump to the deal with in the to start with quarter
- Stewart went on to enjoy a critical position in Geelong’s slim acquire over Richmond
- Scott remains opposed to mail-off rule – and the AFL thoroughly agrees with him
The AFL has joined Geelong’s Chris Scott in rejecting increasing calls for a send-off rule to be brought in soon after Tom Stewart’s shocking strike on Dion Prestia – even as the Cats mentor admitted the improper workforce will profit from whatever penalty his defender cops.
The Richmond gun was pressured off the area after staying left dazed and puzzled by the sickening shot in the to start with quarter of Saturday night’s match at the MCG, though Stewart stayed on and took a crucial mark in his team’s narrow win.
Calls for a pink card grew quickly after the recreation, but on Sunday an AFL spokesperson claimed: ‘The mail-off rule is not something that is currently being deemed. Our position continues to be the very same.’
Moment of influence: Stewart smashes into Prestia’s experience in an off-the-ball incident in the first quarter. The Cats defender stayed on the field and performed a vital position in their acquire
Richmond experienced to do devoid of one of their greatest players for the rest of the match just after Prestia (pictured) was left dazed by the stunning strike
Scott agreed right after the match and stated, ‘I’m strongly of the look at there should not be match-day studies mainly because the chance of an umpire getting it completely wrong is significantly much too fantastic.
‘The concept of sending an individual off and getting it completely wrong in a big recreation is a hazard not really worth taking.’
Having said that, Scott did make the breathtaking admission that the erroneous aspect will get an benefit from Stewart’s impending suspension, which is greatly tipped to see him miss out on a sizeable volume of time.
‘Richmond are the one particular that have endured the penalty. [Geelong’s next opponent] North Melbourne shouldn’t get the reward following 7 days.
Scott admitted there was no justice for Richmond on Saturday night time and stated North Melbourne will gain from Stewart’s suspension when the Tigers are the kinds who suffered for it
‘They get no benefit in any respect from shedding a single of their very best gamers. Which is my edition of restorative justice, that the target ought to basically be [compensated] in some way.’
The reviews sit strangely with the coach’s opposition to a ship-off rule, particularly 1 that would function in the exact same way as the NRL’s.
A rugby league aspect that has a footballer despatched off is then pressured to get as a result of the relaxation of the match a participant small, offering the opposition a sizeable gain.
Stewart – arguably the game’s finest defender – is extensively tipped to get a huge suspension
But instead of currently being pressured to observe on, Stewart took a sport-preserving mark to help Geelong hold on for a extraordinary 89-86 victory over the Tigers, relocating his aspect to 2nd on the ladder.
Right after the game, Scott revealed that a distraught Stewart admitted he created a ‘horrible error’.
‘I’ve recognized Tom for a extended time and he is a scrupulously good participant and just a wonderful strong character, essential to what we do at Geelong,’ Scott mentioned.
‘When my time has arrive and gone, I will seem again and say I was honoured to coach Tom Stewart.’