AFL coach blows up after clashing with fan who ‘TRIPPED him’ in the stands and says the game must lose a ‘silly’ tradition
- Geelong Cats coach Chris Scott wants better access to the field mid-match
- He appeared to be tripped by a Port Adelaide fan, but not sure if intentional
- He believes coaches walking past fans during AFL games is an outdated tradition
A fired up AFL coach who appeared to be tripped by a rival supporter mid-match has called for better access to the playing field for officials during matches.
In an extraordinary incident at Adelaide Oval on Thursday night, Geelong coach Chris Scott was seen exchanging heated words with a security guard after a run-in with a Port Adelaide fan, who he believes may have deliberately clipped him.
‘I said to the security guard did he (the fan) trip me or do you need to make sure that legs aren’t popping out. It was probably an accident, I’m not sure,’ Scott said in the post-game press conference.
Adelaide Oval is the only AFL venue where opposition coaches brush shoulders with fans in the grandstand before going on the field.
Geelong coach Chris Scott ‘wasn’t sure’ if a Port Adelaide fan deliberately tripped him mid-match on Thursday night
Scott believes the ground’s tradition is outdated. The Cats boss then called out the actions of the South Australian Government pre-game.
Geelong’s travelling party was tested for Covid on arrival at Adelaide Airport from Melbourne, then taken by bus to Adelaide Oval.
After waiting four hours at an indoor cricket centre for their results, the playing squad and club officials then began preparing for their round 13 clash, which they won by 21 points.
Scott labelled the SA government restrictions ‘arduous’.
‘There were some strange scenes. It was a strange preparation,’ he said.
‘We had guys sleeping under table cloths trying to get some darkness, guys spread out…some of the pictures would have been quite comical.
‘They were trying circumstances.’
Seconds after the incident, Scott (pictured) was seen exchanging heated words with a security guard after a run in with a Port Adelaide fan, who he believes may have deliberately clipped him as he walked past
Former Collingwood president Eddie McGuire wants to see protective glass installed for coaches to get onto the ground without any drama.
‘You can’t have coaches walking through the crowd, for everyone’s sake. They have to fix it, it’s as simple as that,’ he said on Fox Footy.
‘Get a lift or whatever the case may be… just fix it.’
Geelong were due to fly out after the match, but fog stranded them in Adelaide.
They were due to board a charter flight at 9am on Friday morning to fly to Avalon airport near Geelong after spending the night at the IBIS Hotel where they were isolated in their rooms.
Security then collected players and officials for their bus to the airport.