Blues and Saints let sledging dogs lie

Blues and Saints let sledging dogs lie

CARLTON and St Kilda have told the AFL they don’t want the Marc Murphy sledging furore taken further.

Carlton captain Murphy was incensed at St Kilda’s sledging, understood to be highly-personal in nature, during Saturday’s game.

As current greats Joel Selwood and Brendon Goddard say players know the sledging boundaries, the AFL asked both clubs about the Murphy sledging.

“There was nothing filed from the umpires in their match-day report,” an AFL spokesman said.

“Neither club has lodged a complaint with the AFL.

“The AFL has spoken to both clubs to confirm if any complaint may be lodged and we have been advised by both clubs they did not wish for any further action.”

But the incident has put a possible players code on the agenda of AFL Players’ Association chief executive Paul Marsh.

“It’s our view that on-field incidents are isolated and generally players show great respect for each other,” Marsh said in a statement.

“With respect to a potential players’ code, we can see both the opportunity and challenges in how it might work.

“We will discuss its merits with our board and players during mid-season club visits.”

Geelong skipper Selwood said AFL players were aware of the sledging limits.

“There is obviously a line, and as a code I think we do pretty well at making sure that if you do say something, it’s not of a personal nature or not going to discriminate against someone,” Selwood said.

“I think there probably is a place for (sledging) but there’s a fine line in it.”

Essendon stalwart Goddard said during his 15-year career, players always knew the sledging line not to be crossed.

“Everyone has got a sense of where that line is,” Goddard said.

“I don’t want to sound too hypocritical as I don’t mind a chirp on the ground but there is still essentially that line in the sand when it does come to that.”

Past greats including Wayne Carey said the sledging code was simple: if it’s personal, it’s wrong.

“If Murph has taken it that way, then it is wrong,” Carey told Triple M radio.

“Would they say that to Murph if they were walking up the street to him. If they did, I guarantee you it would be a different reaction.”

Bombers great Tim Watson called for players to consider a code of conduct while premiership coach Paul Roos slammed the Saints for the personal barbs, saying it was a blight on their club.

© AAP 2017

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