Worsfold backs Baguley after Lamb spat

Ronny Lerner
Mark Baguley has received the strong backing of John Worsfold after his spat with Jed Lamb

Essendon coach John Worsfold has slammed reports suggesting that defender Mark Baguley sledged Carlton forward Jed Lamb about his father, knowing that he'd been murdered.

Baguley and Lamb were involved in a heated altercation at the MCG on Saturday during the Blues' drought-breaking 13-point victory.

It's believed that Lamb had told Carlton officials that Baguley sledged him about his father who was the victim of a brutal axe murder almost 20 years ago.

However, Worsfold insisted that Baguley was unaware that Lamb's father was dead and that the defender was upset at how the on-field incident had been reported.

"My understanding is that Lamb sledged Baggers, and Baggers responded with a sledge as well which had nothing to do with (the death of Lamb's father) so it should never have been part of the conversation," Worsfold said at Tullamarine on Wednesday.

"If Mark Baguley had no idea about it, it's pretty hard (to imagine) that he would possibly comment on it."

Worsfold acknowledged he did not know exactly what Baguley said to Lamb as he had only been made aware of the incident on Tuesday night.

"All I can go on is what Mark has come out (and said)," Worsfold said.

"He was quite upset at the way it was reported - Jed made a personal insult to Baggers and got an insult back."

In a statement released on Tuesday by Essendon, Baguley said he was responding to "an offensive remark about my physical appearance" and that it was something Lamb had done to him before.

However, he stressed that he was unaware that Lamb's father had passed away.

"Jed and I resolved the matter after the match and we shook hands," Baguley said.

"I'm extremely disappointed with the reporting of this story as it is not a true reflection of the events that took place on the field."

Carlton coach Brendon Bolton escaped sanction from the AFL despite remonstrating with Baguley during the three-quarter time break.

AFL football boss Steve Hocking said on Thursday that Bolton had contacted him to apologise, admitting his actions could have escalated the situation.

Hocking issued Bolton with a warning, while noting that any future breach could result in a fine or a suspension.