'He made that up': Chris Scott's fury over Eddie McGuire claim

Chris Young
·Sports Reporter
·4-min read
Eddie McGuire's suggestion that the AFL was growing tired of Chris Scott's theatrics was met with a flat rebuttal from the Geelong coach. Pictures: Channel 9/Footy Classified
Eddie McGuire's suggestion that the AFL was growing tired of Chris Scott's theatrics was met with a flat rebuttal from the Geelong coach. Pictures: Channel 9/Footy Classified

Geelong coach Chris Scott has hit back at suggestions the AFL is growing tired of his expressive demeanour during games, claiming Eddie McGuire 'made up' the idea.

Scott has long held a reputation for being one of the most animated coaches on game day, whether it be in the coaches box or on the sidelines.

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There have been a couple of occasions where the Cats coach has shown a little too much of that passion though, crossing the line in a two notable incidents.

He was handed a suspended fine after approaching Brisbane Lions players at quarter time of their round two clash, prompting former Collingwood president Eddie McGuire to suggest on Channel 9's Footy Classified last week that the league was 'not happy with the constant theatrics'.

Speaking on that same program on Easter Monday, following Geelong's narrow victory over Hawthorn, Scott hit back at the idea the AFL was seeking to crack down on his behaviour.

“I don‘t think Ed knows what he’s talking about, to be honest,” he said.

“There are some people I really respect at the AFL who are strong personalities and would pass that information on to me if they felt that way – and they certainly wouldn‘t pass it on to Ed without passing on to me.

“I‘ve got a lot of respect for Ed as well, but I think he just made that part up.”

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The AFL dished out a suspended $10,000 fine to Scott, after he had to be pulled away by his own players after confronting two Brisbane Lions opponents at quarter time of their round two clash.

Scott and other coaches have been warned of serious consequences should a similar incident occur in the future.

The Cats coach has apologised and accepted the suspended fine, the AFL's general manager football operations Steve Hocking said.

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Scott went on to defend his reputation as an AFL coach, rejecting the notion he was a 'hothead', while accepting there had been times where he'd done things he shouldn't have.

He said other incidents, such as the time he approached umpire Ray Chamberlain at half-time of their 2019 preliminary final against Port Adelaide and demanded he throw the ball up instead of bouncing it, had been made out to be more than what they were.

“I‘m invested in the game, there’s no doubt about that, and over the course of 11 years and almost 300 games, on two or three occasions I’ve done some things that I probably shouldn’t have,” he said.

“But those sort of interactions happen between coaches and umpires a lot. Some of them get caught on film, very few of them probably. That wasn‘t an example of me being hot headed it was ‘Ray throw the ball up’.

“I made a decision a long time ago in the box, in particular, from some advice from people in footy that I really respect that it‘s difficult to keep your calm for the whole day and you need to be you need to find a time to release and the coach’s boxes your sanctuary a little bit. 

"I almost never, without some sort of method, lose my temper with the players, so the coaches box is kind of my release to an extent."

Scott went on to caution the AFL against limiting player-coach interactions during the game, arguing he was in 'complete control' of the situation and adding that eliminating those encounters would be 'going too far'.

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