Hawthorn, Stratton speak out after pinching, stomping charges

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Hawthorn CEO Justin Reeves has condemned the actions of skipper Ben Stratton after he was referred to the AFL Tribunal on two separate charges.

Stratton was cited by Match Review Officer Michael Christian for pinching and stomping on an opponent during Friday night’s match against Essendon.

“Ben is a very respected figure at our football club, but his actions on Friday night let himself and the club down,” Reeves told hawthornfc.com.au.

“His behaviour was certainly not reflective of how Hawthorn play and as our captain we expect more from him.

“We have spoken with Ben following the game and he is incredibly remorseful. We will work with Ben to ensure that this sort of behaviour is not repeated.

“This is not the sort of thing he or we want to be known for and he understands the need to adjust his behaviour moving forward.”

The Hawks defender has taken full responsibility for his behaviour amid wide-spread criticism over his pinching tactics.

“My actions weren’t a great look for the game and not something I want to be known for,” Stratton said.

“I just want to be a player who plays the game as hard as possible…and as captain I need to be better at setting an example for not only the football club but also any kids out there.”

Stratton will front the AFL Tribunal on Tuesday night.