With the 2019 AFL draft in the rearview mirror and club lists finalised for 2020, we decided – despite overwhelming popular opinion – that it’s not at all too early to start speculating about the season ahead.
Hawthorn captain Ben Stratton has been at the centre of much controversy after his side’s loss to Essendon, but there is set to be more to come.
The three-time premiership Hawk, who caused outrage from parts of the footy world for his repeated pinching of Essendon’s Orazio Fantasia during the Bombers Round 13 win, which left a visible grouping of bruises on the forward’s arm.
Stratton has been referred straight to the tribunal over the act of “serious misconduct”, however he has also been hit with two other charges.
The 30-year-old has also been sent to the tribunal for stomping on Essendon’s Shaun McKernan during the last quarter of the match, in an incident that was not initially picked up by broadcasters.
Lastly, he can also accept a $1000 fine for an “obscene gesture” he made during the second quarter.
In an interview with Channel Seven, Stratton said he understands his actions weren’t a “great look for the game” and are something he doesn’t want to be known for.
“As captain, I’ve got to be better and set an example for not only the Hawthorn club but also any kids out there watching.”