An AFL Brownlow Medallist could find himself in hot water after putting hands on an umpire in an ugly day for him and his side.
Nat Fyfe returned to the rising Fremantle side two weeks ago, but he could now be looking at a stint on the sidelines.
Carlton comfortably took care of business against the Dockers in front of a solid crowd at Marvel Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
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The win is a statement from the Blues and shows they’re a genuine contender in 2022 after taking control after quarter time to claim the 12.9 (80) to 7.8 (50) victory.
As bad as the outing was for the Dockers, the news only got worse at three-quarter time when Fyfe put his right hand onto the chest of an umpire.
A scuffle between Fyfe and multiple Carlton players saw Fyfe get pushed by Blues player Matt Cottrell with the star then putting his right hand onto the umpires chest.
“Fyfe just pushed the Ump away. Absolutely nothing it, but isn’t that an automatic suspension?” Cody Ellis wrote.
The Herald Sun’s Jon Ralph said despite it not being the worst contact, it couldn’t have come at a worse time for the Brownlow Medal winner.
“Cottrell pushed Fyfe who then put his hand on the umpire. Was it to balance himself or was it disrespectful? The rules says he is in trouble if he disrespectfully, aggressively, dismissively or forcefully intentionally touches an umpire,” Jon Ralph tweeted.
“For me it’s a fine at worst. But when the dual Brownlow Medallist touches an umpire amid the current crackdown it’s a discussion point.”
Ben Cameron, who tweeted the footage out, doesn’t believe he should have a case to answer.
“FWIW I don’t think Fyfe’s “umpire contact” was disrespectful, aggressive, dismissively or forcefully intentional to constitute any issue for him. Shoved from Cottrell and held off umpire,” he said.
Fyfe endured a tough day, ending the contest with only 11 disposals to his name.
The Blues showed they’re the real deal with Sam Walsh decimating the Dockers by racking up 40 disposals.
Walsh led the midfield charge as the Blues dominated centre clearances (+13) and inside 50s (+24).
“On the strength of what we’ve just seen, Carlton should be chief among the contenders,” Gerard Whateley said on AFL Nation.