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Tom Papley fined for staging after dive

His comments about Papley surprised Sydney coach John Longmire while the small forward responded with LOL on social media and said later he was obviously not very good at milking free kicks as he didn’t receive many.

Papley received the free kick for push in the back when he dived forward to accentuate the contact he received from behind off the Magpies’ Brayden Maynard as he flew for a mark. He missed the goal with the kick coming late in the game as the Swans trailed the Magpies by nine points.

Papley is the first player to be fined for staging a year after Geelong’s Mark Blicavs was fined for staging against Sydney in 2019 when he fell to the ground in an attempt to milk a 50-metre penalty.

The move signals the AFL is prepared to crack down on the behaviour with several players getting criticised in recent weeks for falling to the ground in an attempt to reverse a free kick or win a kick downfield.

Carlton’s Marc Murphy was accused of staging when North Melbourne’s Jasper Pittard pushed him over after Jared Polec took a mark in front of goal at the Gabba in round eight. Murphy was not cited for the incident.

If Papley accepts the sanction it will cost him $500 for a first offence and cause umpires to focus on him as he continues his brilliant season.

Collingwood’s Callum Brown was fined for a dangerous tackle and St Kilda’s Nick Coffield was fined for striking.

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