Eddie McGuire lashes out after 'ridiculous' Chris Scott moment

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Eddie McGuire says coaches must be protected better at Adelaide Oval after Thursday's incident involving Chris Scott.
Eddie McGuire has spoken out about protecting coaches from fans at Adelaide Oval after an incident involving Geelong's Chris Scott on Thursday night. Pictures: Fox Footy

Eddie McGuire says it is 'ridiculous' that coaches have to walk past rowdy supporters to get down to the ground at Adelaide Oval after an incident involving Geelong's Chris Scott on Thursday night.

Scott exchanged words with a fan and said after the game he believed he was tripped, before expressing his surprise that the South Australian government would permit him to come so close to fans since flying out of Melbourne's lockdown.

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The Cats downed Port Adelaide by 21 points on Thursday night after being given an exemption to enter a state which has closed its border to Victoria.

But what struck Scott most was that he and his fellow coaches still had to make their way through the Adelaide Oval crowd to access the arena at breaks in the game.

"I tripped on someone's leg so I said to the security guard 'did he trip me or do you need to make sure that the legs aren't popping out?'," Scott said post-game.

"It was probably an accident. I'm not sure.

"But strange situation, given the circumstances and the meticulous way in which the South Australian government has looked after us over the last 24 hours, was that we're still walking in that close proximity, people are actually brushing past us in the crowd."

Former Collingwood club president McGuire raised the incident on Fox Footy, revealing he had pushed for perspex to be installed to offer the coaches more protection.

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"I've been having this blue for 20 years. I don't want to pick a fight with the Port Adelaide fans, but for years we fought to get perspex put up at the old football park ... the officials of the away club were too close to a hostile environment," he said.

"They've built this place - you can't have coaches walking through the crowd, for everyone's sake. They have to fix it, it's as simple as that.

"You can't expect everyone to be alright ... there's only one way to get this fixed: Make it not happen. Get a lift or whatever the case may be, but you cannot have the coach walking through the crowd if you're the away coach. Fix it.

"That is ridiculous in any stadium in the world. This is a great stadium so I'm at pains to say this."

Cameron stars as Geelong down Port Adelaide

Prized recruit Jeremy Cameron booted five goals as Geelong put another dent in Port Adelaide's AFL premiership credentials with a 21-point win at Adelaide Oval.

Cameron was the game-breaker with three last-quarter goals in Geelong's stirring 17.10 (112) to 14.7 (91) triumph on Thursday night.

The Cats twice rose from the canvas: they rallied from 21 points down midway through the second term to create a 10-point lead at three quarter-time.

That lead rapidly disappeared early in the last quarter when Port kicked three quick goals to steal momentum and a nine-point break.

Jeremy Cameron and Tom Hawkins dominated an impressive victory for Geelong over Port Adelaide. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)
Jeremy Cameron and Tom Hawkins dominated an impressive victory for Geelong over Port Adelaide. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)

But a gallant Geelong surged again and scored the next five goals, with Cameron slotting three of them.

"Jeremy is capable of doing some pretty special things ... (he) did some things that very few players in the competition can do tonight," Cats coach Chris Scott said.

The Cats solidify their grip on third spot with their ninth win of the season.

But the fifth-placed Power slide to a fourth loss - and all defeats have been against finals fancies: West Coast, Brisbane, the Western Bulldogs and now Geelong.

"We are good but we're not good enough against the best teams in the competition, we're not going to hide from that," Power coach Ken Hinkley said.

The output of Geelong's Cameron was supported by Tom Hawkins, who kicked 4.4, while Gary Rohan kicked three goals and Brandon Parfitt scored two.

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