Former Port Adelaide midfielder Kane Cornes has called for Hawthorn to consider stripping Ben Stratton of his captaincy for a week if the AFL don’t come down hard enough on the defender for his antics on Friday night.
Pinching is a reportable offence according to AFL rules, with Cornes imploring the AFL to charge Stratton for his behaviour.
“This incident is every bit merit as to why there should be a send-off rule,” Cornes told SEN’s Crunch Time.
“Pinching a defenceless opponent, and it wasn’t just one pinch – it was repeated pinching. You could see on his arm there’s seven or eight bruises that have been left there.
“The goal umpire was aware of it … why that wasn’t relayed to the field umpire and why there wasn’t a crackdown is staggering.
“A fine for this doesn’t cut it – it was one of the most cowardly things I’ve seen all year. This is every bit worth a week suspension.”
Pinching and pushing.
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Cornes labelled the act as “disgraceful”, and hopes the Hawks deal with it internally as well.
“If Hawthorn are serious, is there a club sanction that needs to be handed down if the AFL don’t act on this?” Cornes said.
“A week or stripping him of the captaincy for a week is about right for this – it was one of the more cowardly things I’ve seen. I thought it was disgraceful.”
The AFL will release their MRP findings from Friday night’s match on Saturday afternoon.