Eddie McGuire questions why AFL coach was forced to walk through stadium past ‘enemy’ football fans stopped by guards
- Geelong AFL coach Chris Scott has heated argument with Power fan
- Port Adelaide took on the Cats at the Adelaide Oval on Thursday night
- Eddie McGuire said ‘enemy’ blamed for the war of words with Power fans
Eddie McGuire has blamed ‘hostile’ Port Adelaide AFL fans after Geelong coach Chris Scott got into a heated argument with ardent locals.
The Cats claimed their fourth straight win at the Adelaide Oval on Thursday, beating the Power 17.10 (112) to 14.7 (91).
But a fiery battle of words between Scott and a raucous Power fan at the end of the third quarter overshadowed the hard-fought victory, now moving Port Adelaide to fourth on the ladder.
A fiery war of words erupted between Geelong coach Chris Scott and a raucous Power fan
Eddie McGuire (pictured) has blamed ‘hostile’ Port Adelaide AFL fans after Geelong coach Chris Scott got into heated argument with ardent locals
Scott made his way downstairs when the siren blared at the end of the third quarter.
But on the long walk from the coaches box to the field, he stopped to confront a fan.
TV personality and former Collingwood president Eddie McGuire said after the game that the ugly incident could have been prevented with better security protocols on the ground.
“I’ve had this blue for 20 years. I don’t want to argue with the Port Adelaide fans, but for years we’ve been fighting to get Perspex on the old football park… Fox Footy.
“They built this place – you can’t let coaches walk through the crowd for everyone’s sake. They need to fix it, it’s that simple.
“You can’t expect everyone to be okay…there’s only one way to fix this: make sure it doesn’t happen. Get a lift or whatever, but you can’t make the coach walk through the crowd if you’re the away coach. Fix it.’
He said having a coach comes so close to excited fans’ridiculous in any stadium in the world.’
“This is a great stadium, so I’m doing my very best to say this,” he added.
Scott watches from the coach box as the Cats claim their fourth straight win
It is unknown what was said between Scott and the fan, but after a brief exchange, he stepped away from the man who appeared visibly frustrated.
He could then be seen discussing what had happened to the security escorting him from the coffin to the ground.
Former Western Bulldogs star Luke Darcy said in Channel Seven’s commentary: ‘you can get a little bit of feedback here at the Adelaide Oval now and then’.
“That’s a guy who loves a game and he’s in tonight. Something’s happening to Chris Scott,” he said.
The full score in the hard-fought match was The Cats 17.10 (112) to 14.7 (91) over the Power