Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley has slammed umpires’ treatment of Travis Cloke, saying the forward “gets nothing” from match officials.
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Cloke gave away four free kicks during his side’s dramatic five-point loss to Richmond on Sunday – the most of any player on the field.
The 28-year-old received just one free kick during the match, drawing the ire of Buckley post-match.
“He dead set gets nothing from the umps,” Buckley said post-match.
“I don’t know what it is, I don’t know what it is.
“He gets nothing when he looks like he’s being infringed and he only has to sniff to give a free kick away.”
Buckley admitted that Cloke was prone to giving away free kicks, but added that he felt the umpires had not been fair towards him.
“There’s something ongoing and Trav’s attitude has been first-class. The way that he carries himself this year, he’s been focusing on the next contest and really going at the ball trying to create some space for himself,” Buckley said.
“Now, I’m not saying he never gives a free kick away, but his ledger isn’t great.”
Collingwood suffered its second straight loss on Sunday in a thriller at the MCG.
The Magpies are now 4-3 after seven rounds and sit seventh on the AFL ladder.