Hawthorn Captain Ben Stratton has taken full responsibility for his actions in Friday night’s clash with the Bombers.
Stratton will face the AFL Tribunal on Tuesday night after the Match Review Officer, Michael Christian, referred him directly to the tribunal on charges relating to pinching and stomping.
Speaking for the first time since Friday night’s game, Stratton reflected that his actions did not reflect his values as a player.
“My actions last night weren’t a great look for the game and not something I want to be known for,” said Stratton.
“I just want to be a player who plays the game as hard as possible…and as Captain I need to be better at setting an example for not only the football club but also any kids out there.”
Hawthorn CEO Justin Reeves echoed Stratton’s sentiment, assuring members and the broader football public that Stratton’s actions in no way align with the values of the club.
“Ben is a very respected figure at our football club, but his actions on Friday night let himself and the club down, ” said Reeves.
“His behaviour was certainly not reflective of how Hawthorn play and as our Captain we expect more from him.
“We have spoken with Ben following the game and he is incredibly remorseful. We will work with Ben to ensure that this sort of behaviour is not repeated.
“This is not the sort of thing he or we want to be known for and he understands the need to adjust his behaviour moving forward.”
Stratton will face the AFL Tribunal on Tuesday night at Marvel Stadium.