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Last updated on June 10th, 2017 at 06:37 am
Anger mounted yesterday over rough-house tactics used against injured St Kilda star Nick Riewoldt.
His mother was in tears a day after the bone-jarring incident.
Fiona Riewoldt said the family had been shaken by the drama, which has rocked the AFL.
Footy fans were outraged at the attack by two Brisbane Lions defenders on the Saints captain as he clutched his shoulder in agony during the season opener at the Gabba.
The Age’s Greg Baum is prone to moralising, but he’s on the money here:
The Brisbane Lions hit and hurt a man when he was down. That is unacceptable even in boxing, which is all about hitting to hurt. In football, where the hitting and hurting supposedly is no more than a means to an end, it is an outrage. If it is not acted upon as one, then football has progressed nowhere in 15 years.
Charges against Mal Michael and Chris Scott could follow a match review meeting on Monday. Wayne Wood wants them charged with assault; there is a precedent for this, involving Brisbane coach Leigh Matthews, who is dismissive of the current controversy:
“It’s ridiculous,” Matthews said. “Players bounce off each other all the time, and it’s not as if they ran from 100 metres away to get him. They would have known he was sore, but they would not have known he had a broken collarbone.”
Matthews has an ally in Robert Walls, which won’t surprise those who saw Walls play. I’m more inclined to Tim Lane’s view, at the same link.