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Lycett goes straight to tribunal over McHenry tackle

Scott Lycett (bottom right) below teammate Aliir Aliir in a marking contest in Showdown 49

Port Adelaide ruckman and Thevenard product Scott Lycett has come under heavy scrutiny and ugly social media abuse for his sling tackle on Adelaide Crow Ned McHenry in his side’s 49-point victory.

Apart from being referred directly to the AFL Tribunal, Lycett revealed the nasty messaged he received on social media directly from fans.

One message told Lycett to “literally kill yourself you low life” and “jump off the nearest bridge.”

In a statement, Lycett said:

“Footy is a physical game, but I acknowledge my tackle on Ned McHenry last night overstepped the mark and will be dealt with at the AFL Tribunal.
“The abuse that has followed has been outrageous.
“People should take a breath and reflect before posting.”

The Adelaide Crows in a statement said;

“The club does not condone offensive or threatening behaviour of any kind including on social media.”

The South Australian Police are investigating the posts.

For anyone in crisis, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.

Apart from the Lycett incident, Port Adelaide ran out comfortable winners, with returning star Travis Boak being named the Showdown medallist for his 28 disposal effort.

Todd Marshall led the scoring for the Power, kicking three majors, with Dixon kicking two.

Rory Laird was best afield for the Crows, collecting 36 possessions.

The Power faithful provided an overwhelmingly positive response to the club's decision to don the controversial ‘Prison Bars’ guernsey in the clubrooms after the game to sing the song.

Continuing his war of words with Power chairman David Koch, outgoing Collingwood President Eddie McGuire said:

“They‘re playing with fire now Port Adelaide on this because they have signed an agreement that they would not manufacture any of those jumpers for merchandise.
“David Koch is sticking his nose into the AFL territory now - it‘s a big size nose, I hope he doesn’t get it broken.”

Power coach Ken Hinkley denied the move was sending a signal to the AFL, stating:

"No, it's a show of respect for our heritage for our past and for our great people that played in it, for our people who turn up...and represent this footy club.
"We started as Port Adelaide and we still are.
"And part of that journey is this amazing jumper which the boys love, the club loves and everyone that supports this footy club loves.
"We had to wait until after the game but we will recognise it as often as we have to."


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