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AFL umpire cleared of shoving Magpie

By Guy Hand 20/04/2009 02:57:58 PM Comments (0)

The AFL has cleared an umpire accused by Collingwood of pushing one of its players during a match.

League football operations boss Adrian Anderson says field umpire Scott McLaren has no case to answer over contact made with Collingwood midfielder Shane O'Bree during the Magpies' clash with Brisbane at the Gabba last Friday night.

But Collingwood will be asked to explain comments allegedly made by its officials to various media outlets about the incident.

The AFL cleared McLaren using behind-the-goal vision obtained of the incident and also cleared O'Bree of any wrongdoing.

However, Anderson said on Monday the AFL had concerns over some comments made by the Magpies at the weekend and would discuss them at a previously scheduled meeting with the club on Wednesday.

"We do have some concerns over some of the comments that have been made, and conduct from the Collingwood football club on the weekend concerning umpiring," Anderson said.

"We'll be seeking an explanation. We think some things have been said and done over the weekend that concern us."

Collingwood did not lodge any official complaint over the incident, though the issue was heavily discussed in the media at the weekend.

The Magpies' allegation comes a week after Collingwood lost defender Heath Shaw to a one-game suspension for making contact with field umpire Michael Vozzo.

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