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SportStratton in a pinch of trouble after putting the squeeze on Fantasia

01:15  15 june  2019
01:15  15 june  2019 Source:   theage.com.au

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Stratton in a pinch of trouble after putting the squeeze on Fantasia© AAP Claws out: Hawk Ben Stratton gives Bomber Orazio Fantasia a nip during the round 13 match at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne.

Hawthorn captain Ben Stratton will potentially come under scrutiny from the match review officer for incessantly pinching Essendon forward Orazio Fantasia during his side's loss on Friday night.

Stratton employed the bizarre tactic, most notably used in recent times by former Collingwood defender Craig Kelly and ex-Fremantle tagger Ryan Crowley, so forcefully that Fantasia finished the game with numerous bruises on the back of his left arm.

Stratton in a pinch of trouble after putting the squeeze on Fantasia© AAP Under scrutiny: Hawthorn captain leads his team from the field after the loss to Essendon.

The issue was raised with the umpires at quarter-time. Stratton could be cited for misconduct, which is what happened to Crowley and he was ultimately fined $1200 for pinching Kangaroos champion Brent Harvey in 2013.

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Speaking to Channel Seven after the Bombers’ 19-point win over the Hawks, Fantasia said: “I’ve got a couple of bruises on the arm, ‘Stratts’ loves to pinch.

“He’s a really good defender, so to come back and play on him I knew I was in for a tough night.

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“You can’t do anything about it ... he’s got all the tricks in the book.”

Essendon coach John Worsfold said he thought Fantasia coped well with the treatment from Stratton, but didn’t offer an opinion on what kind of sanction, if any, the premiership defender should receive.

“I thought Orazio contributed pretty well so I thought he played his role and was always threatening and put some good pressure on,” Worsfold said post-match.

Fantasia registered 14 disposals and two goals in his first game back from injury since round eight.

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