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Geelong coach Chris Scott makes a SENSATIONAL admission about Tom Stewart’s elbow on Dion Prestia 

Geelong coach Chris Scott rejects calls for a postponement rule in AFL despite SENSATIONAL confession about Tom Stewart’s nauseating hit on Dion Prestia

  • Prestia did not return to the field after the punch to the face in the first 15 minutes
  • Stewart played a pivotal role in Geelong’s narrow win over Richmond
  • Scott continues to oppose the rule of rejection – and the AFL totally agrees

The AFL has joined Geelong’s Chris Scott in rejecting growing calls for a postponement rule to be put in place after Tom Stewart’s shocking hit on Dion Prestia – even if the Cats coach admitted the wrong team will benefit of any punishment his defending agents receive.

The Richmond cannon was pushed off the field after being left dazed and confused by the nauseating shot in the first quarter of Saturday night’s game in the MCG, as Stewart stood and took a crucial point in his narrow win. team.

Calls for a red card grew quickly after the game, but on Sunday an AFL spokesperson said: “The rule of sending out is not being considered. Our position remains the same.’

Moment of Impact: Stewart blasts Prestia in the face in an off-the-ball incident in the first quarter.  The Cats defender stayed on the pitch and played a pivotal role in their win

Moment of Impact: Stewart blasts Prestia in the face in an off-the-ball incident in the first quarter. The Cats defender stayed on the pitch and played a pivotal role in their win

Richmond had to do without one of their best players for the rest of the game after Prestia (pictured) was left dazed by the shocking hit

Richmond had to do without one of their best players for the rest of the game after Prestia (pictured) was left dazed by the shocking hit

Scott agreed after the game, saying: ‘I strongly believe there should be no match reports because the risk of a referee being wrong is far too great.

“The idea of ​​sending someone away and getting it wrong at a big game is a risk not worth taking.”

However, Scott made the stunning admission that the wrong side will take advantage of Stewart’s impending suspension, who is widely tipped to see him miss a significant amount of time.

“Richmond is the one who got the penalty. [Geelong’s next opponent] North Melbourne should not get the advantage next week.

Scott admitted there was no justice for Richmond on Saturday night and said North Melbourne will benefit from Stewart's suspension when the Tigers are the ones who have suffered for it

Scott admitted there was no justice for Richmond on Saturday night and said North Melbourne will benefit from Stewart’s suspension when the Tigers are the ones who have suffered for it

“They have no advantage at all from losing one of their best players. That’s my version of restorative justice that the victim should really be [compensated] in a way.’

The comments strangely fit the coach’s opposition to a pre-departure rule, especially one that would work similarly to the NRL’s.

A rugby club that has sent a footballer off the field is then forced to lose a player for the rest of the match, giving the opponent a significant advantage.

Stewart - arguably the game's best defender - is widely tipped to receive a major suspension

Stewart – arguably the game’s best defender – is widely tipped to receive a major suspension

But rather than being forced to watch, Stewart grabbed a game-saving milestone to help Geelong hold on to a dramatic 89-86 win over the Tigers, taking his side to second on the ladder.

After the match, Scott revealed that a distraught Stewart admitted he had made a “terrible mistake.”

“I’ve known Tom for a long time and he’s a scrupulously honest player and just a fantastically strong character, fundamental to what we do at Geelong,” said Scott.

“When my time has come and gone, I’ll look back and say I was honored to coach Tom Stewart.”

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