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Swans won't fine suspended Hall: Roos

By Adrian Warren 17/04/2008 05:53:51 PM Comments (0)

Sydney coach Paul Roos has rubbished suggestions the Swans' leadership group would fine Barry Hall for the punch which led to his seven-week suspension, but revealed he had challenged the champion forward to find out why he acted the way he did.

Roos said he was disappointed by reports the leadership group would impose further sanctions on Hall for his king-hit on West Coast's Brent Staker.

"The leadership group won't be fining Barry Hall, I can guarantee you that, because they've never fined another player for doing anything else," Roos said.

"They will treat Barry as they've treated other indiscretions at this football club, so to talk of fines is just ridiculous."

He said Hall was still likely to be sidelined for 6-10 weeks because of the wrist injury he suffered in last Saturday's game at ANZ Stadium.

An AFL representative and Sydney's human resources manager Adam Bowen went out to ANZ Stadium to look at the area of fencing where Hall suffered his injury.

"It was completely inappropriate that a player get injured that way in a game of football. If you saw the way it happened, if he hadn't struck Staker, it certainly would have been a massive story this week, because he's out for somewhere between eight and 10 weeks," Roos said.

"A guy is running towards the boundary expecting to be stopped by the signage and just goes straight through it and breaks it and it's completely unacceptable.

"We as a club are looking into it and making sure it doesn't happen again."

Roos said Hall would spend a week away from the club, which was common for injured players, before sitting down with the Swans' leadership group "in due course" after returning next Thursday.

He revealed Hall had raised the possibility of voluntarily standing down from the leadership group during a conversation with the forward on Wednesday.

"I think the seven-week ban is an appropriate ban for what he did and the leadership group said it was unacceptable, Barry flagged to me yesterday he might step down from the leadership group," Roos said.

"One thing I challenged him to do yesterday was to work out why he did it (hit Staker).

"I think that's a really important step for him as a player and as an individual, because we do believe it was out of character for him.

"He wants to find out as well, so he needs to find out in order for us to put steps in place that it doesn't happen again."

Nick Davis has replaced Hall in the team to play Geelong on Saturday, while defender Nick Smith will make his senior debut in place of Luke Brennan.

Roos stressed Sydney had played well in the past without Hall, citing a big win over Hawthorn last year as an example.

"In some ways, it makes you a little less predictable, particularly against the better teams," Roos said.

He emphasised the inclusion of Davis would not greatly change Sydney's method of entry into their forward zone.

"We are generally a team that doesn't bomb the ball into Hally, we generally work it and we generally hit targets and Davo is actually a pretty good contested one-on-one mark and he's actually a very good leading player," Roos said.

He said second-season player Smith, who was recently promoted from the rookie list for the injured Brett Meredith, would help Sydney cover the cluster of strong-marking Cats forwards.

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