The AFL is expected to decide on Monday whether its integrity department will investigate Richmond midfielder Dustin Martin's gesture towards an opposing Greater Western Sydney player on Saturday.
Martin was caught on camera flipping the bird and sledging an opponent around the use of illicit drugs after he missed a shot for goal during the second quarter of the round three match at Giants Stadium.
The 27-year-old Tigers superstar touched his nose and snorted before appearing to mouth the words "have another f—ing line you f—ing loser".
It's not clear whether the comments were directed at Giants ruckman Shane Mumford, who was playing his first game back after being suspended for the first two rounds. Mumford's suspension came after video surfaced in the off-season that showed him snorting a white powder, believed to be from 2015 when Mumford was out injured.
The Giants were insistent after the game they had no problem with the gesture and would not be complaining.
However the AFL is certain to look into the matter, confirming "it will be reviewed on Monday," however what form the inquiry would take was not clear.
The match review officer can fine players for making an "obscene gesture" under the AFL's tribunal guidelines however players previously fined under this provision have been penalised for flipping the bird at a member of the crowd.
Former Carlton skipper Marc Murphy copped a $900 fine for giving the Collingwood cheer squad the bird in 2015 while in 2002, former Western Bulldogs and Richmond forward Nathan Brown and Port Adelaide star Chad Cornes were charged after making insulting gestures to the crowd.Read More – Source