AFL Fines Brad Scott $30k For Umpire Whinge In Same Week Eddie Cops Naught

Say what you want about the AFL, but time and time again they prove they are an organisation that well and truly has their priorities in ~order~.

Brad Scott and the North Melbourne Football Club have been slapped with $80,000 in fines over comments Scott made in a post-game press conference this past weekend that inferred umpires were deliberately not paying free kicks to Roos forward Lindsay Thomas based on a pre-conceived agenda.
Scott has been fined $30,000, whilst the club has been slugged an extra $50,000 in fines as a result of the incident.

Following North’s narrow loss to Hawthorn this past Friday night, a clearly fuming Scott made the incendiary comments to the press after receiving information from an on-field staffer.

“I know he is (unfairly treated), because the umpires told our players that. ‘Well, he’s a ducker, so we don’t pay high free kicks to Lindsay’.” 

“They told our guys that, so that’s clearly a preconceived idea.”

“You just want the umpires to umpire what they see, not their preconceived ideas.”

“I’m just telling you what happened because they won’t tell you, that’s for sure.”

The club quickly moved into damage control mode after an investigation found no umpire had made any such claims on field during the game, and that the staffer had passed on second-hand information that was then misinterpreted.

The club and Scott himself unreservedly apologised for the comments, but the league still saw fit today to hand the extremely hefty fines down to both club and coach.
And yet, it was the same league who meekly accepted an (at the time) watery-thin apology from Collingwood president Eddie McGuire over the now-extensively covered sexist remarks he made towards journalist Caroline Wilson.
$80k for suggesting the umpires might be a bit borked.
$0 for a stunningly sexist “joke” about drowning a woman.

Photo: Ryan Pierse, Brendan Thorne/Getty.