Port Adelaide great Chad Cornes has been suspended for swearing at a North Melbourne player in his role as the team’s runner.
Cornes swore at Todd Goldstein during the third quarter of Port’s clash with the Kangaroos on Saturday night, earning a one-match ban from the AFL.
The incident occurred after Goldstein clashed with Port Adelaide player Ollie Wines.
“The exchange was reported by the AFL’s match day manager,” an AFL statement read.
“Under AFL rules, club runners are prohibited from any interaction with umpires or opposition players.
“It was the AFL’s view that Cornes’ actions had the potential to escalate an on-field incident and was a major breach of his role.
“The club may operate with a replacement runner for his suspension.”
Cornes’ brother Kane criticised the AFL’s sanction on social media, saying now he’s “heard it all”.
.@PAFC runner @chadcornes has been suspended for 1 week for swearing at @NMFCOfficial’s Todd Goldstein after the incident in which Goldstein was reported and fined for on Sat. 1 week for swearing! Yep I’ve heard it all now
— Kane Cornes (@kanecornes) May 2, 2018
Chad played 239 games for Port from 1999-2011, before finishing his career with GWS.