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Dogs defender reacts to Scott’s defence of Selwood after incident


Western Bulldogs defender Taylor Duryea says Geelong coach Chris Scott is “trying to make some excuses” for one of Joel Selwood’s two incidents cited by the MRO last Friday night.

Selwood was fined $2000 for stomping on Duryea’s leg in a marking contest and accepted a $1000 sanction for making contact with Bailey Dale's face.

Scott told Sportsday on Monday night: “I’ve had a look at them really quickly, and I’ve spoken to Joel about them.

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“He was disappointed with the first one and he said the second one was a complete accident. I just have complete faith in him as a person to be honest.

“He cops it and stands up when he needs to accept blame or criticism and he doesn’t lie. When he tells me that the one where he stood on the Bulldogs player (Duryea) was a mistake, I believe him.”

Duryea was asked about the Selwood incident which has seen the Geelong skipper come in for heavy criticism from former Collingwood captain Tony Shaw and North Melbourne champion David King.

“As Chris Scott mentioned, sometimes we have to own up to our mistakes,” the ex-Hawk told SEN Drive.

“He managed to own up on one of them. I think Chris is trying to make some excuses for the second (incident).

“Things happen in footy. There are no hard feelings. We just move on.

“You cop your punishment, and you go to next week.”

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