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Lions coach reached out to journalist after confrontation


Brisbane coach Chris Fagan says he has apologised to AFL journalist Michael Whiting over a confrontation after his side’s loss to Essendon last Sunday.

Fagan admits he overstepped the mark after taking umbrage to a part of Whiting’s match report where he described the Lions’ efforts as ‘subpar’.

AFL Media reporter Damian Barrett brought the incident to light on Footy Classified on Monday night.

“It wasn’t in my press conference. As I walked in, I made a comment to Michael Whiting about what he he’d written about our game,” Fagan told SEN Breakfast.

“I shouldn’t have to be honest.

“In the car on the way home I rang him, and I apologised for what I said.

“It had been a big week, a hand grenade had been thrown into the club, we’d been beaten by not much and I thought what he wrote was a bit unfair.

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“I don’t know too many teams in the competition that can make nine forced changes and come out and play their best footy.

“I was a bit annoyed about that, but in hindsight, it was the wrong thing to do. Think it’s been exaggerated a little bit around the ferocity of it.

“But certainly, I’m not happy with what I did, and I did apologise to him.”

It was Brisbane’s first loss at the Gabba since their semi-final defeat to the Western Bulldogs last year.

Fagan’s Lions will look to bounce back against GWS at Manuka Oval on Saturday.

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