14/04/2024
Mason Cox's pre-game incident with GWS Giants ruck coach Shane Mumford. Picture: 7AFL Broadcast

Mason Cox's pre-game incident with GWS Giants ruck coach Shane Mumford. Picture: 7AFL Broadcast

The AFL has today issued Collingwood’s Mason Cox with a reprimand with no further action to be taken following his pre-game incident with GWS Giants ruck coach Shane Mumford.

Earlier in the week, the AFL had requested a ‘please explain’ from the American ruck/forward after he clashed with Mumford during the pre-game warm-up while contesting a ruck contest.

The Magpies’ football boss Brendon Bolton said Cox had requested a further bounce from the AFL umpire.

“We have reviewed the situation and it is clear it was a period of transition in the centre circle – our rucks were completing their centre bounce practice as the GWS midfield arrived to commence their centre-circle work,” he said.
 
“Mason has acknowledged that making contact with opposition officials or players pre-game should be avoided and with our club’s support, will be more aware in future.”

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The AFL finalised its investigation today.

“The AFL has completed its inquiries in relation to Mason Cox’s conduct prior to the commencement of the Opening Round AFL Match between GWS GIANTS and Collingwood at Engie Stadium,” they stated.

“After receiving a statement from Collingwood and Mason, speaking with the umpire and reviewing the vision, whilst the umpire did agree to another bounce as requested by Cox, it nevertheless should have been plainly apparent to Cox that GWS Coach Mumford and multiple GWS players had congregated in the centre circle by the time the relevant bounce occurred.

“Noting Cox’s contrition and the club’s commitment in supporting him to be more aware in the future, the AFL has determined to issue a reprimand to Cox and take no further action. 

“It is important that all players conduct themselves professionally particularly during breaks and in the periods prior to and following matches.”

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