SportAFL tribunal: Ben Stratton handed two-week suspension for stomping and pinching incidents
AFL's draconian approach to crowd behaviour not helping anyone
The AFL is going about their crackdown on spectator behaviour in completely the wrong way.
Hawthorn skipper Ben Stratton has been handed a two-week suspension by the tribunal.
Stratton was sent directly to the tribunal following Friday night's clash 19-point loss against Essendon.
The Hawks captain was referred directly to the tribunal on two counts, the first was for stomping on the foot of forward Shaun McKernan , and the second was for serious misconduct, after Stratton repeatedly pinched the arm of Orazio Fantasia .
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Cheer squads at Friday's game between Essendon and Hawthorn at Melbourne's Marvel Stadium said they felt uncomfortable and awkward.
Stratton was also fined $1000 by the match review officer for making an obscene gesture to the crowd.
On Tuesday night, Stratton pleaded guilty to both charges and was hit with one game for each of them.
Stratton will now miss matches against Sydney and West Coast.
The 30-year-old came under enormous scrutiny for the incidents, with Kane Cornes calling for him to be stripped of the captaincy , while Hawks CEO Justin Reeves condemned his actions.
More to come.
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