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AFL to review Scott’s heated clash, Rohan faces two-match ban

Brisbane Lions counterpart Chris Fagan says coaches should be disciplined enough to avoid interacting with opposition players at breaks. Meanwhile Gary Rohan was offered a two-match ban.

The AFL will on Monday review Geelong coach Chris Scott’s heated encounter with Brownlow medallist Lachie Neale at quarter-time in their dramatic Friday night clash, as Brisbane Lions counterpart Chris Fagan says coaches should be disciplined enough to avoid interacting with opposition players at breaks.

As the fallout from the emotional clash continued on Saturday, Cats’ forward Gary Rohan was offered a two-match suspension for striking Neale, in the incident that sparked Scott’s engagement with the Lions midfielder.

The match review officer graded Rohan’s action as intentional conduct, medium impact and high contact after the 29-year-old threw out an arm that caused Neale to fall to the ground holding his jaw.

No action was taken against Neale although Scott had said post match that the Lion initiated the contact.

“I think Neale strikes Gary on the chest and then Gary struck him on the chest,” Scott said.

“The vision is clear, I am not certainly not saying he did the wrong thing, that’s footy, but I have had a pretty good look at what Gary did and I’m comfortable with it.”

The Lions’ Charlie Cameron also copped a $2000 fine for striking Geelong’s Shaun Higgins in the second quarter with the MRO assessing his act as intentional, low impact to the body.

Earlier in the day Fagan had confirmed on 3AW that he had a vigorous discussion with Scott but refused to reveal the details. However, he made it clear that he didn’t think coaches should engage with opposition players.

“I would not choose to speak to opposition players. I don’t think it is appropriate ... you need to restrain yourself no matter how you feel at that moment,” Fagan said on Saturday.

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