Chris Scott
Chris Scott

Furious Geelong coach Chris Scott blasted the AFL umpiring department and labelled crowd behaviour at Patersons Stadium 'disgraceful' following his side's five-point loss to West Coast on Friday night.

In an explosive post-match press conference, Scott said changes made to the way the deliberate out-of-bounds rule was interpreted on Friday night were an 'embarrassment' to the competition after both sides had a total of nine free kicks paid against them.

'Strange days wasn't it?', was the first comment Scott made before a question was even asked.

"I think we've got to be really clear that we shouldn't blame the umpires," he added.

"Someone's told them to do that and as a competition I think we should get to the bottom of who that is, because are we in Round 20?

"The umpiring department will probably come out and say, 'oh look by the letter of the law they were all there'.

"Now that's not true. Someone has told them to interpret that differently.

"Now this is certainly not me saying we were on the end of some poor decisions 'cause I think most of them went our way.

"But I felt desperately for the umpires because in a really hostile environment, you know there's some idiots in the crowd here, they were under all sorts of pressure because I reckon they were doing what they were told.

"I think as people involved in the competition, you want to be really clear on what the rules are and you just can't change the rules mid-year.

"Tonight was very different to the rest of the season ... I think it was a little bit embarrassing for the competition tonight."

Angered by their side being behind for much of the match and the free kicks going against them, Eagles fans vented their frustrations from the stands.

And Scott was particularly angry about the abuse dished out when forward Tom Hawkins was concussed and stretchered from the ground during the first quarter, even though a portion of the Eagles crowd did applaud the fallen Cat.

"When a player's concussed, he's on the ground and hasn't moved, and he's being carted off the ground, you shouldn't be swearing and abusing him, abusing the medical staff," declared Scott.

"Would you take a 10-year-old into that environment?

"Standing on the boundary line, it is not an environment for young kids, which is a shame because we need young kids coming to the footy.

"It was disgraceful. It's everywhere, but here's the worst.

"I loved it (the Perth crowd) when I was at Freo," added Scott referring to his time as an assistant at the Dockers before taking over at Geelong in 2010.

"It's fantastic. It's great. The energy here - it's the loudest ground in the competition. It's a great place to play footy.

"But if you're asking my opinion on whether it goes too far, absolutely it does.

"(It's) a great place to let your emotions out the footy, but we need boundaries, and I think society's changing a little bit in that respect."

West Coast coach John Worsfold declined to comment on both of Scott's criticisms.

"We had no warning about any rule changes this week," he said in regards to the deliberate out-of-bounds interpretation.

"I don't know if they (the umpires) were told anything so I can't comment on that. I'd be guessing."

And on the crowd abuse: "It's hard to comment. I wasn't there. I don't really know what was going on."

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