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Demons vow to contest fines
Demons vow to contest fines

The fallout from a fiery encounter between Perth and East Perth at the weekend has continued, with the Demons preparing to contest fines handed out to coach Trevor Williams and chief executive Marty Atkins.

The Royals' 92-point win at Lathlain Park was marred by several off-the-ball incidents which saw three players reported on the day and a further three charges handed out after the game was reviewed.

West Coast-listed East Perth defender Blayne Wilson and Perth's Joel Houghton were both given one-week suspensions for striking at the tribunal on Tuesday night.

A match-day striking report on Perth's Dene White was withdrawn, while Demons Matthew Hunt, Chance Bateman and Cameron Manuel accepted reprimands for various offences.

The Demons were publicly scathing about the standard of umpiring in the game and the WAFL subsequently fined them an undisclosed amount.

Atkins was fined for approaching the umpires on the day and Williams fined for comments made in _The West Australian _on Monday.

Two of the three field umpires controlling the match have been dropped this week.

A Demons source said the club intended to fight both fines and was particularly stunned by Williams' penalty.

"I've never seen, within 15 seconds of the final siren going, I've never seen umpires run from the ground," Williams said in Monday's newspaper.

"That tells me something.

"We're not saying some of the decisions weren't right, what we're saying is they weren't paid when it was the other way and there was clearly several that were exactly the same circumstance and they weren't paid."

A WAFL spokesman confirmed the umpiring department had spoken to Perth earlier this week.

"The game has been reviewed and feedback provided to Perth Football Club," he said.

"As per the WAFL competition's zero-tolerance approach to any form of match-day policy breach, the appropriate action has been taken."

The West Australian

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