Josh Kennedy of the Swans lays injured as Steve Johnson of the Giants looks on during the 2016 AFL First Qualifying Final match between the Sydney Swans and the GWS Giants at ANZ Stadium on September 10, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

AFL investigating Sydney’s handling of Josh Kennedy’s head knock

The AFL has opened an investigation into the Sydney Swans’ handling of Josh Kennedy’s head knock suffered in the qualifying final loss to the GWS Giants.

Kennedy left the ground dazed after a big bump from Giant Steve Johnson, which left him struggling to find his feet in the immediate aftermath of the incident.

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The Swans midfielder soon returned to the ground and played out the game, finishing with 30 disposals, seven clearances and a goal.

But on Monday night’s AFL 360, co-host Gerard Whateley revealed the league has opened “an inquiry” the Swans’ handling of the incident just as they investigated Port Adelaide’s management of Hamish Hartlett’s head knock in Round 16 against Hawthorn.

“They’ve requested from the Swans information about the handling and the aftermath of the hit including a bench report, what vision was looked at and how it was interpreted,” Whateley reported.

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