North Melbourne coach Alastair Clarkson in hot water after allegedly directing vile language towards umpires

Aaron Kirby
The Nightly
North Melbourne coach Alastair Clarkson could find himself in hot water again.
North Melbourne coach Alastair Clarkson could find himself in hot water again. Credit: Dylan Burns/AFL Photos

North Melbourne coach Alastair Clarkson could find himself in hot water again after he was allegedly overheard directing profane language towards the umpire’s bench.

Clarkson was coaching from the bench during the Kangaroo’s 59-point defeat at the hands of Port Adelaide in Launceston when he was reportedly overheard shouting vile abuse following an umpire’s decision.

AFL spokesperson Jay Allen confirmed the league were investigating the incident and whether the comments were actually directed to the umpires.

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Allen added there would be updates after the enquiry.

However, if Clarkson is found guilty, he will face a minimum two-week suspension from the league.

Earlier this season, Clarkson was fined $20,000 for using a homophobic slur while remonstrating with St Kilda defenders Jimmy Webster and Dougal Howard after he concussed North Melbourne captain Jy Simpkin with a brutal high bump.

The incident comes as tensions boil with the Roos enduring a hapless season, yet to taste victory in 11 outings and failing to even get close, rooted to the foot of the ladder.

Clarkson and trouble have gone hand in hand since the four-time premiership mastermind returned for his second stint as an AFL coach, having been embroiled in the Hawthorn racism scandal for almost two years.

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