Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Port's Pearce accepts Minson's AFL ban

Port's Pearce accepts Minson's AFL ban
Port Adelaide's Danyle Pearce says Western Bulldogs' ruckman Will Minson needs to lift his game regarding his on-field behaviour after insulting him.
The Bulldogs announced on Tuesday that they had suspended Minson for one AFL match, and Minson fronted a media conference at Whitten Oval offering his apologies and saying he had no excuse for his actions.
Minson said he had made unsuccessful attempts to contact Pearce.
'I accept the course of action the Western Bulldogs have taken,' Pearce said in a statement.
'The important thing for me is that Will understands that this is not a minor matter that can be brushed under the carpet.
'It is a very big thing and insulting a player's family is just not acceptable.
'He needs to know there is a line that you shouldn't even contemplate crossing.
'Will has apologised, but I don't need that to move on. His actions from here will mean far more than words.'
Port Adelaide chief executive Keith Thomas noted Minson had apologised to the club in 2008 for making on-field comments to onballer Kane Cornes about his ill son.
'Whilst it's the second time we have faced a similar situation, we take Will's apology on face value and trust it won't happen again,' Thomas said.
At his Whitten Oval media conference, Minson said he was very sorry for what was said on the field.
'The last 24 hours have been an extremely stressful period for myself and no doubt unnecessarily stressful for Danyle Pearce and his family and the Port Adelaide Football Club.
'I have absolutely no intention of putting anyone through that sort of stress or attention ever again.
'What I said on the field, I am very disappointed about that. My comments were inappropriate.'
Minson choked up and was unable to answer at one stage when asked about his reputation.
'That (stigma) is certainly what I'm going to be dealing with for the rest of my life and it's important I learn from this experience and I intend to do so,' he said.
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