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Selwood AFL reprimand was fair: Worsfold
Justin Chadwick
17:17 AEST Wed Aug 15 2012

West Coast coach John Worsfold says it was right for the AFL match review panel to hand Geelong skipper Joel Selwood a reprimand for shoving a dazed Adam Selwood last Friday night.

Joel was charged with a level one misconduct offence after angrily pushing Adam while the injured West Coast veteran was lying on the ground nursing his head.

The two brothers had clashed in a big hip-and-shoulder just moments earlier, with both hitting their heads on the way down.

In a bid to escape a one-match ban, Selwood pleaded guilty to the offence of making unnecessary contact to an injured player.

But the 84 demerit points means Selwood will be walking a fine line for the rest of the year.

Some people have questioned whether the incident warranted any punishment.

But Worsfold said the AFL had every right to protect an injured player, especially if that player had suffered a potential concussion.

"When a player's potentially injured, there's a rule that say says you can't do anything to them," Worsfold said on Wednesday.

"I'm quite comfortable with protecting a players' head at all costs.

"We can all see the fun in (Joel's shove on his older brother).

"(Joel) pushed him over and says, 'you did your best to knock me over and I'm jogging off and you're still on the ground'.

"I understand that.

"But in the letter of the law, the match review panel has a responsibility to look after injured players, and that's the way they saw it."

Worsfold was renowned for his fearsome hip-and-shoulders during his glittering 209-game playing career, and conceded he would be in a fair bit of trouble from the MRP if he was playing nowadays.

"I'm glad I'm not playing now, because it wouldn't be any fun watching from the stands (while I'm suspended)," Worsfold joked.

"I always believed that when I played the game, a lot of my bumps were fair. But the way the game is these days, I'd be in strife in that regard."

Joel Selwood's guilty plea means he's available for Friday night's clash with St Kilda at Etihad Stadium.


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