Lachie Schultz strike at Blake Acres, video, MRO results, suspension, Collingwood Magpies v Carlton Blues, reaction, response, latest news

Collingwood recruit Lachie Schultz will come under MRO scrutiny for a brain-fading hit on Carlton’s Blake Acres during Friday night’s clash.

Schultz, in the final quarter of the MCG game, retaliated against a push from Acres behind play, ran towards him and hit the Blues winger’s neck area right in front of a referee to award a free kick.

“Didn’t you see the referee there? Not that we encourage this at all, but the guy in yellow is the referee,” Demons legend Garry Lyon highlighted on Fox Footy after the game.

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Former Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley said Schultz “obviously wasn’t thinking about (the referee)”, while triple premiership Lion Jonathan Brown said the incident “doesn’t look very good”.

A one-week suspension would see Schultz miss the Magpies’ match against West Coast at Marvel Stadium next week, with Craig McRae’s side already without fellow forward Beau McCreery (concussion).

Herald Sun reporter Jon Ralph explained that if Schultz’s attack is deemed intentional and low impact, he will be handed a one-week ban.

“Old-fashioned rabbit punch at Blake Acres. Normally you’d think it’s not that bad, but as we’ve seen in the last seven or eight days – Mabior Chol on Errol Gulden – anything that’s behind-the-play defense becomes intentional now,” Ralph said on Fox Footy.

“It’s very easy for that to be low impact. Just a foolish act to be late.

“Even the neck goes up to the head – or too high – so that’s intentional. All he needs is a low impact and he will miss next week against West Coast.”

It comes amid a mixed season for Schultz in his first in black and white, providing plenty of grunt and pressure, including making seven tackles in Collingwood’s win over Carlton on Friday night, with a total of nine goals in eight games.