Geelong midfielder Steven Motlop has been dropped from his side’s clash against Fremantle after being stood down by the club following an “off-field” issue.
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The 24-year-old was Geelong’s lone shining light in an otherwise dim defeat against Hawthorn on Easter Monday as he racked up 32 possessions in the Cats’ 62-point loss to the defending premiers.
Geelong have yet to specify the exact reason for the ban, however AFL.com.au reports Motlop may have been seen out socialising before the loss to the Cats.
Cats coach Chris Scott said his side will be at a severe disadvantage against the Dockers without Motlop.
“The team and Steve will pay a big penalty this week, but having said that we’re really happy with the way Steve responded in the aftermath and we are really positive that this is going to have a good outcome for the whole club and importantly for Steve,” Scott is quoted as saying by AFL.com.au.
“We have clear expectations of our players and there is no grey area here.
“Steve has not been able to meet those on this occasion and to his credit he acknowledges it and he admits and he is prepared to take his right whack.”
Motlop has played 69 games for Geelong since making his debut in 2010.