Former Geelong triple premiership player Paul Chapman, who is now the coach of the Greenvale Jets in the Essendon and District Football League, will have to coach from the bleachers as he serves a three-week suspension.
Chapman was found guilty by the EDFL tribunal of “using abusive, insulting, threatening language towards an umpire” during Greenvale’s game on Saturday as they came away four-point victors over the Doutta Stars.
Greenvale President Bruce Kent said the terms of the suspension need to be clarified and the club will seek to figure out what they are.
“My understanding of it is that he is not allowed to go on the ground, the playing surface,” Kent told the Herald Sun.
“I would assume that he would simply coach from behind the bench.
“But if need be, we will get some clarification from the league.”
Chapman is in his second year as coach of Greenvale, with the side side currently siting third on the ladder.
Chapman and his team avoided a shock loss over the weekend as they trailed by as much as 43 points at quarter time. It was an eight-goal second half that allowed the Jets to pick up the win.