ANZ Stadium safety under scrutiny after exposed bolts injure Hawthorn starJohn Newsham
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The AFL Players Association has slammed the safety standards at ANZ Stadium after Hawthorn forward Jarryd Roughead was lucky to escape with a minor injury after sliding into exposed bolts.
Venue management and the AFL are investigating the incident which prompted Hawks coach Alastair Clarkson to suggest the Swans might be better off playing all of their home games at the SCG.
Roughead came into contact with protruding bolts in the cement close to the perimeter fence during the third quarter of Saturday night’s game after being pushed over the goal-line by Swans defender Dane Rampe.
Roughead, playing his first match back following a cancer scare, suffered scratches to his back and had his jumper torn. The AFLPA said that the venue had once again breached safety standards.
“It is completely unacceptable from an occupational health and safety perspective to have players exposed to a dangerous situation like that,” said the AFLPA.