North Melbourne and coach Brad Scott must wait until Tuesday to find out what sanctions the AFL will hand down over Scott’s disastrous post-match gaffe.
Scott is set to front a media conference on Monday afternoon to explain his extraordinary outburst at the umpires following Friday night’s loss to Hawthorn.
The Kangaroos made an embarrassing backdown on Saturday, less than 12 hours after Scott sensationally claimed the umpires during that game had told North players they deliberately did not pay high free kicks to Lindsay Thomas because we was a “ducker”.
The club withdrew the comments and issued an unreserved apology after a brief investigation found that not to be the case, but they were issued a please-explain by the AFL.
“The process has been clearly outlined and that will be dealt with in the next 24 to 36 hours,” AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan said on Monday morning.
“I thought there was a clear apology (from North) … but I don’t want to comment on where that’s going – it’s in the hands of (AFL football boss) Mark Evans and the integrity team.
“I think North Melbourne are in (at the AFL) tomorrow morning and I imagine there will be a resolution tomorrow.
“All I would say is that the integrity of the officials in our game, and in all sport, is pretty paramount.”
The most likely outcome appears to be fines for both club and coach.
North Melbourne lost the game by nine points, with the fiery contest sure to occupy plenty of the AFL match review panel’s time on Monday.
Several players will likely be fined for melee involvement, while Kangaroos Jack Ziebell and Brent Harvey will draw scrutiny for a high bump and a trip, respectively.