Sicily slammed for 'sooky' umpire spray


James Sicily has come under fire for his ‘absolute sook’ after Hawthorn’s loss to Sydney on Friday night.

Following the full-time siren at the MCG, Sicily was seen complaining to umpires as other players shook hands with each other.

And his actions didn’t go unnoticed, with AFL great Kane Cornes blasting him on Saturday.

“I think he’d be waking up embarrassed this morning,” Cornes told SEN Radio.

“I think we’re prepared to let the one go last week where they’re winning easily, he’s playing well, he gives Daniher the high-five — a bit cheeky, but nothing to see there, he’s a character, we want characters in our game.


“It’s all well and good to do the high-fives and patting Luke Parker on the chest and waving to him after that incident when you’re two goals up and you think you’re going to win the game.

“Then 10 minutes later to see him complaining to the umpire like an absolute sook.

“When things aren’t going his way, he’s not good at coping.”

Cornes said coach Alastair Clarkson needed to have words with his young star.

“He’s a serious talent, he’s a potential captain of this football club, but I think Alastair Clarkson needs to pull him into line,” Cornes said.

Sicily took aim at the umpires. Image: Channel 7

“I think Clarko’s let this go for too long.

“Can you imagine if it was Brendon Goddard whingeing after the siren.

“Maybe he got Luke Parker fired up, he kicked the winning goal.”

Clarkson addressed Sicily’s actions on 3AW Radio on Saturday.

“It’s just a learning curve for him,” Clarkson said.


“We’re hopefully getting better, but given the attention he’s been getting perhaps it goes the other way.

“He’s grown enormously in the last two or three years. He’s a very influential player in our side now. He’s making some progress.”