Geelong drop Motlop over off-field issue

Geelong speedster Steven Motlop will miss the Cats’ AFL clash with Fremantle after being stood down by the club over an off-field issue.

Motlop, 24, was arguably Geelong’s best player with 32 possessions in their 62-point loss on Easter Monday to Hawthorn.

But coach Chris Scott told reporters on Thursday he would not be considered for selection for Sunday’s home match against the Dockers for an unspecified off-field indiscretion.

“We have clear expectations of our players and there’s no grey area here,” Scott said.

“Steve hasn’t been able to meet those on this occasion.

“So the team and Steve will pay a big penalty this week.

“Having said that, we’re happy with the way that Steve has responded in the aftermath.

“To his credit, he acknowledges it, he admits it and he’s prepared to take his right whack.”

Motlop won’t play at VFL level either, but will be available for selection in round three.

His loss is a blow for the Cats, who are still sweating on the availability of veteran Jimmy Bartel after he suffered a concussion in the dying seconds against the Hawks.

“The early indications are that he’s going to be fine, but it’s in the hands of our medical staff – they will have the first and final call on it,” Scott said.

“With the Sunday game, we’re not absolutely in a position to guarantee that he’s going to play, but he’s a good chance.”

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