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Magpies, Malthouse off the hook from AFL

22/04/2009 06:48:08 PM Comments (0)

Collingwood have escaped any penalty from the AFL over a weekend furore in which an umpire was wrongly accused of pushing a player.

Magpies coach Mick Malthouse is also off the hook over allegations he yelled at the umpires during the quarter-time break of their match against Brisbane at the Gabba last week.

AFL football operations manager Adrian Anderson said the league would not take any action on either issue, saying it was satisfied with Collingwood's explanation.

"Michael informed us he was making his way down from the coaches box just before the siren rang and did not see the 50 metre penalty that was paid against Shane O'Bree for going over the mark," Anderson said.

"At the break, Michael asked his players, including O'Bree, what had occurred, but was told they did not know.

"Malthouse explained that he expressed frustration at this time, but that this was not deliberately directed at the umpires."

Collingwood officials met with AFL heavies in Melbourne on Wednesday to discuss umpiring standards.

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