‘Wincing watching that’: AFL great wants squirrel grip incident investigated

Essendon great Matthew Lloyd has called on the AFL to further investigate Dayne Zorko’s claims he was the victim of an old fashioned squirrel grip.

Zorko and Gold Coast midfielder Touk Miller resumed their longstanding feud with some seriously heated grappling in the Suns’ win in last weekend’s QClash

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In the middle of the third quarter with the Suns holding a 20-point lead, Zorko chased down a loose ball as Miller came in from the side.

As soon as Zorko snapped up the ball, Miller wrapped his arms around the Lions star and with force took him to the turf.

The act didn’t sit well with Zorko who remonstrated almost instantly as the two men came face-to-face on the turf.

Teammates eventually separated the two as they exchanged verbal barbs once they got back to their feet.

Audio from the game revealed Zorko told the umpire: “He just f***ing grabbed my nuts!”

After the game he remained angry there was no penalty and said the AFL had “set a precedent” by not punishing Miller.

“It’s interesting, you’re allowed to grab the groin region now and squeeze it and do whatever you want to it,” Zorko said on SENQ Breakfast.

“So that’s an interesting rule that’s been cleared by the AFL.

“It’s an accident when they get up and smile and laugh about it, isn’t it?” he said.

“I tell you what, my groin region is quite bruised at the moment. It’s funny how that all happens.”

Speaking on Nine’s Footy Classified, Lloyd urged the AFL to take further action.

“That doesn’t look good to me, I’m actually wincing watching that incident, personally,” Lloyd said.

“I think it’s on the highest end of serious offences if he is found guilty.”

Brownlow medallist Jimmy Bartel said: “They’ve got form. They go at each other in the pineapple grapple.”

But veteran AFL journalist Damian Barrett said the incident was “totally dismissed” by the league before Zorko brought it to their attention.

“The fact that it’s now Wednesday night, going into Thursday from a Saturday incident, it’s basically been required of Dayne Zorko himself to bring it to the public forum twice,” Barrett said.

“I think there’s every chance Touk Miller misses a match, possibly multiple. That is potentially at play.

“If the case can be proven, I can’t see how the AFL can not come down with a sanction.”

The AFL has interviewed both Miller and Zorko and is expected to release its findings on Thursday.

Miller was awarded his fourth Marcus Ashcroft Medal as the best player on the ground in the Queensland derby.

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