Investigation outcome delayed

DISRESPECT: Players remonstrate.
DISRESPECT: Players remonstrate.

THE outcome of an investigation into an incident involving North Launceston and Clarence at UTAS Stadium on Saturday will be released on Friday.

Findings were expected to be released on Thursday, however, AFL Tasmania said that a breakdown in communication between the two clubs was responsible for a delay.

Officials have spent this week looking into an incident in which it is alleged a Clarence trainer made contact with injured North Launceston defender and part-time assistant coach Jay Lockhart in front of the Kangaroos’ bench as the teams were coming off for half-time.

The initial act reportedly started a heated confrontation involving staff and officials from both parties.

“If there is a penalty to be handed down to any individual it’ll be in accordance with our rules and regulations,” AFL Tasmania said on Monday.

Earlier this week the match review panel handed out reprimands to Northern Bomber Bart McCulloch (rough conduct) and  Roos Tim Castle (striking), Trent Standen and Brady Jones (rough conduct) resulting from the match.