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Eagles defend rowdy WA crowds
West Coast veteran Andrew Embley. Picture: Sharon Smith / The West Australian.

West Coast players have staunchly defended their under-fire fans, with veterans Andrew Embley and Quinten Lynch claiming they have no qualms about bringing their own kids to AFL games at Patersons Stadium.

Geelong coach Chris Scott was left aghast at the behaviour of some parts of West Coast’s home crowd in Friday night’s five-point loss to the Eagles, labelling Perth footy fans as the worst in the competition.

Scott claimed Tom Hawkins and the Cats’ medical staff were abused by unruly fans as the star forward was being taken off on a stretcher with concussion.

The second-year coach then went on to say he wouldn’t want to take his kids to a game at the Perth venue, which regularly attracts crowds of around 38,000.

But Embley and Lynch say their wives and kids regularly attend matches at the venue, and have never encountered any problems.

“My kids love going to the football. If I told them they couldn’t come, they would be very disappointed,” Embley said on Monday.

“They’re (sitting) out in the public. My wife has never had an issue in 14 years.”

Lynch added: “I’m very comfortable with my kids coming to the footy. My little ones come along whenever they can.

“From my point of view, I don’t think there was an issue.

“I think they (Geelong) were saying that they were booing Tom Hawkins when he was getting carried off.

“From the little bit of footage I have seen, I could only see supporters standing up and clapping. I don’t know where everything else came from.”

Embley said supporters all around the country should make a conscious effort to behave well at games.

“You watch the game, you enjoy the game, but there’s certain things that you just don’t say,” Embley said.

“I’m not sure what was said (last Friday), but the majority of our fans are really good supporters and they’ve got a lot of respect for the opposition as well.”

The Eagles sit in fifth spot on the table, and are hot favourites to account for struggling Port Adelaide at AAMI Stadium on Sunday.

The West Australian

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