Far from wanting more security around him at AFL games, Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley often wants less.
The confrontation between Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson and a drunken fan outside the team hotel last Saturday night has put the focus on the relationship between AFL figures and their public.
After the Clarkson incident, video footage also emerged of a fan threatening Chris Judd as he was having lunch at a Lygon St restaurant earlier this month.
Buckley said on Wednesday that nearly all fans are well-behaved.
Senior coaches have security with them at AFL games and Buckley feels it can go too far.
“I just think ‘mate, I’m alright – we don’t need this’,” Buckley said.
“But the way the world has gotten to, we’re so paranoid about worst-case scenarios that we legislate around worst-case scenario.”
While Buckley understands the need for the security, it also leaves him with mixed feelings.
“I’d prefer to believe in the goodness of everyone,” he said.
“There are going to be some people who aren’t great and who are disrespectful … but it’s a minority situation and that’s why the security is there.
“Personally, it’s good to have it as a backstop, but I’m not all that comfortable having security there.
“I believe I should be able to handle those situations as a human.”