A number of Geelong players were left fearing what would unfold during Friday night's celebrations at the SCG.
Speaking on The Sunday Footy Show, panellist Damian Barrett revealed several Geelong players were fearful of what could have taken place during the pitch invasion.
“I’ve now spoken to several people from both clubs, there was genuine fear coming from some of the people involved,” Barrett said.
“A Geelong player (said), ‘It was genuinely extraordinary and dangerous. We had so many players deliberately run into, it wasn’t funny. Great for Bud, but Christ it was dangerous’, that’s the sentiment reflecting a lot of situations coming from the Cats.
“What I can tell you is that Jeremy Cameron was smashed in the fracas and the hoards of people that ran out onto the ground.
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“There were at least six Geelong players who were very worried about what was going to happen with people running on."
Barrett revealed that the AFL had "plans in place" for the event of Buddy's 1000th goal, with 38 security guards - nine of which assigned to Franklin - and 12 police officers on standby at the ground.
While no known reports have surfaced of dangerous activity, the safety measures in place did little to prevent any potential harm to those already on the field.
AFL coaching great Mick Malthouse was among those to express their concerns of the events that took place at the SCG, stating "you only need someone who’s an idiot who takes a knife".
"I think (it) was just a demonstration of something that was not organised correctly," Malthouse told ABC Radio.
“We all knew it was going to happen at some stage. You’ve got to be ready for it and the simple fact supporters were able to get to him before any sort of people guarding him or looking after his space, I thought was quite pathetic.
“There’s always going to be idiots. You only need someone who’s an idiot who takes a knife."
Both Swans CEO Tom Harley and Geelong's football boss Simon Lloyd have released statements following Friday night's match.