WEST Coast Eagles defender Patrick McGinnity has been suspended for this week’s match against Essendon after being found guilty of breaching the AFL’s respect and responsibility policy.
Suspended by the club for one match, McGinnity will undergo counselling, be fined $2500 and will issue an apology to the Melbourne player involved in the incident.
“I deeply regret the words I used in a verbal altercation on Sunday,” McGinnity said. “The heat of the moment is no excuse for over-stepping the mark and I sincerely apologise to the Melbourne player who my comments were directed at.”
Eagles chief executive officer Trevor Nisbett said he was pleased that McGinnity had quickly shown remorse and apologised for the incident.
“The comments made by Patrick do not reflect the values of our football club and we acted quickly when we became aware of the issue,” Nisbett said.
“We have high standards as a club, which we have continued to enforce in recent years and we are disappointed Patrick stepped outside those guidelines. We will continue to educate our players on their responsibilities around this and other AFL policies.”