GEELONG could be forced to install protective guards on its LED lights at GMHBA Stadium after North Melbourne captain Jack Ziebell had his knees “sliced” during the game.
It is understood the AFL could launch an inquiry into the incident, with Ziebell confirming he spent up to eight minutes off during the third term receiving treatment to stem the blood flow on the cuts.
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The Roos skipper said he thought the safety issue with LED lights had been resolved after two dangerous incidents involving Geelong pair Zach Tuohy and Mark Blicavs earlier in the season at Perth’s new stadium.
Ziebell told ABC radio: “I actually went into the fence unfortunately and it sliced me open quite nice to tell you the truth. I thought they fixed that problem,” he said.
“I had to spend eight or 10 minutes off the ground as well so it’s not ideal. But it shouldn’t be too bad I don’t think.
“I think the safety of players is really important. It’s not that bad, the cuts, but I had to go off the ground for eight or 10 minutes and that has an effect on our team and rotations and structures and … I think it should be looked at.
“At the minute that fence isn’t too safe because I didn’t hit it very hard and it gashed me open pretty easily.”
The AFL was aware of the problem during the game and will look further into the incident this week.
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