Brisbane assume famous person Lachie Neale to be tagged again against Melbourne. (Scott Barbour/AAP PHOTOS)
Chris Fagan hopes his not-so-subtle message to the AFL has resonated however that Brownlow Medal favored Lachie Neale will make an effect regardless in Brisbane’s crunch conflict with Melbourne.
Fagan wondered the “hard remedy” his celebrity midfielder copped even as tagged by St Kilda’s Marcus Windhager in ultimate spherical’s win.
The train hinted in his publish-game press convention he may are seeking for rationalization from the AFL umpiring branch approximately a few techniques being used in opposition to the 2020 Brownlow medallist.
Speaking ahead of Friday’s sport at the Gabba in opposition to the Demons, Fagan counseled that changed into as some distance as he took it.
“It’s now not smooth to look, there’s a lot happening round the ones contested situations,” he advised reporters.
“All you can do is lead them to conscious and I type of stated something in my press conference, but I’m not certain if some thing’s been finished.
“He’s now not the only bloke within the competition (this is tagged heavily) and to be truthful we do it to other blokes in other teams as properly.
“We want the good players gambling properly presently of yr, no longer being shut down by approaches which can be possibly outdoor the guidelines.”
Neale changed into limited to a season-low 16 disposals in the Lions’ vital win over St Kilda.
“I realize St Kilda will probable be satisfied … however it was the great sixteen-contact recreation he is ever had,” Fagan said.
“We were awesome thrilled … it is not constantly approximately how a great deal Lachie receives the ball.”
Fagan expects Neale to be tagged once more inside the sell-out Gabba conflict and anticipates his teammates might be smarter in how they assist him.
“Come hell or excessive water, now not count number what happens, Lachie can be on his pleasant recreation,” the coach said.
“We have to be careful and we are disillusioned we gave away a few loose kicks.
“Retaliation might be now not the right word, but (we had been the) second man or woman involved and that is what the umpire saw.”
The loser of Friday’s clash should end the very last spherical outdoor the top four, even as the winner may want to finish as excessive as 2nd.
The Demons sparked back to lifestyles earlier this season with a 3rd-immediately win over Brisbane, however recognise going through them at the Gabba is a one of a kind prospect.
“It’s a incredible possibility this week … an sizable undertaking going up to Brisbane, they’re particularly sturdy up there,” train Simon Goodwin stated.
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