Buckley cleared after Adelaide fist bump

The AFL will take no action against Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley over a fist bump with a supporter at Adelaide Oval after the Magpies’ victory over the Crows.

The AFL confirmed on Wednesday that Buckley was in the clear over the contact with the fan, whom Buckley said on Twitter was someone he knew.

Magpies coach Nathan Buckley.Credit:Getty Images

"I hope we don’t lose sight of our humanity through all of this, greater focus on positive yarns would help everyone."

Earlier on Wednesday, there had been speculation that Buckley's innocuous-looking fist bump might represent another breach of the AFL's strict COVID-19 protocols, but the AFL was quick to rule this out, defusing any further angst for the Magpies, who had been fined $25,000 (plus $25,000 suspended) over a tennis match between Buckley, assistant coach Brenton Sanderson and Australian Fed Cup captain Alicia Molik.

Buckley and Sanderson volunteered to pay the fine themselves.

Buckley will not need to enter quarantine as a result of the contact with the fan in Adelaide. He addressed the issue on twitter, saying

The Collingwood coach had to be tested and isolated for a short period in the lead-in to a game against Fremantle following the tennis match breach, for which he apologised.

Collingwood play Melbourne at the Gabba late on Saturday in a huge match for both sides, with the Magpies hoping to regain Darcy Moore and Jamie Elliott, plus skipper Scott Pendlebury and Will Hoskin-Elliott, for the game against an improving Melbourne who were without skipper Max Gawn and Jack Viney for last Sunday's win over North Melbourne.

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