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Kangaroos investigate alleged coach clash

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Tasmanian police could investigate an alleged clash between North Melbourne coach Brad Scott and a security guard during last Saturday’s AFL match in Hobart.

The Kangaroos have confirmed they are looking into the matter.

“Tasmania Police are aware of a possible incident and if a complainant comes forward and makes a complaint then we will investigate,” Inspector John Ward told AAP on Monday night.

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Scott’s team easily beat Richmond on Saturday at Hobart’s Blundstone Arena.

“North Melbourne are aware of the claims made by a security guard at Blundstone Arena,” the club said in a statement.

“The club is gathering all available information in order to prepare a response.

“No further comment can be made at this time.”

Meanwhile, police have interviewed Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson after a fracas with a Port Adelaide Power fan in Adelaide last month.

Footage showed a group of Power supporters harassing and antagonising the coach as he walked back to his city hotel from Adelaide Oval after his team lost to the home side on April 25.

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Hawks coach Alastair Clarkson. Photo: Getty

Clarkson eventually lashed out at a man who yelled in his ear, pushing him back with an open hand but appearing to make contact with his throat in the process.

The man later complained to police that he had been assaulted.

South Australian police travelled to Melbourne to interview the premiership coach, who, two days after the incident, issued a statement saying he regretted his actions.

“While the behaviour of the group was antagonistic, aggressive and completely unwarranted, I wish that I had continued to walk away and removed myself from the situation,” Clarkson said.

Clarkson received support from AFL Coaches Association president Mark Brayshaw who said he showed “remarkable restraint” during the incident.

“It’s the real world, and our view is that if you are confronted like that, then you should try as best as you can to get out of the situation,” he told 891 ABC Adelaide.

Earlier, Port Adelaide chief Keith Thomas condemned Clarkson’s antagonists calling heir actions “inconsiderate and unsportsmanlike”.

Clarkson was a midfield coach for Port Adelaide in 2003 and forward coach in 2004, before taking the reins at Hawthorn in 2005.

-AAP, with ABC

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