Stratton should lose captaincy for a week: Cornes
Hawthorn captain Ben Stratton has come under strident criticism for repeatedly pinching Essendon's Orazio Fantasia, with AFL commission chairman Richard Goyder declaring that such tactics shouldn't be seen at any level of the game.
The Hawks are awaiting a verdict from the AFL match review officer after Stratton employed the bizarre and unusual tactic against Fantasia at Marvel Stadium on Friday night, leaving his Essendon opponent's upper left arm covered in bruises.
Hawk Ben Stratton gives Bomber Orazio Fantasia some close attention.Credit:AAP
The issue was raised with the umpires at quarter-time on Friday night. Essendon forward Fantasia did not retaliate against Stratton, but he also didn't let the Hawthorn defender off the hook during a post-match interview.
In a modern-day comparison, Fremantle stopper Ryan Crowley was fined $1200 for pinching Kangaroos champion Brent Harvey in 2013.
Speaking to Channel Seven after Essendon's 19-point win over the Hawks, Fantasia said: "I've got a couple of bruises on the arm, 'Stratts' loves to pinch.
"He's a really good defender, so to come back and play on him I knew I was in for a tough night.
"You can't do anything about it … he's got all the tricks in the book."
Hawthorn premiership captain and coach David Parkin thought Stratton's actions were ridiculous in this day and age however he conceded his attitude might have been different when he was coaching and doing everything to win a game.
"I can understand why the interest and the discussion … here's a club that has such a great culture and great values but has a leader do something [which] we're trying to understand [why]," Parkin said.
Parkin praised Fantasia for his response post-game when asked about the pinching.
"The interview with the player who was on the receiving end was outstanding," Parkin said.
"For him to come out in that situation, when it might have been a chance to unleash and condemn, and be balanced enough to laugh it off … he needs a pat on the back."
Post-match, Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson said he would speak to Stratton before commenting.
"I haven't seen anything, so I will have a chat to him either Saturday or Sunday and see what's occurred there," Clarkson said.
"I wouldn't like to comment until I speak to Stratts – once I speak to Stratts I will have a better feel for what my attitude is to it."
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