LEADING sports doctor Peter Larkins has described the Sydney Swans' decision to play Lance Franklin just a day after he suffered an epileptic seizure as 'extraordinary', a comment that has led to a Twitter blow-up with the Swans chairman.
Franklin was taken to hospital after collapsing in a Bondi Beach cafe on Friday morning.
He then lined up for the Swans in their final round clash against Gold Coast on Saturday night at the SCG.
"I find that extraordinary that he played," Larkins told News Corporation on Wednesday.
"It's not impossible, because he did but I found it extraordinary.
"It would be very unsettling for any epileptic to have a seizure at school or at home or the workplace and then get straight up and go back into a normal situation in a 24-hour period."
Larkins said normally after a seizure people were fatigued and may have a headache.
"You don't have to have a lot of outcome from it (the seizure) the next day, but one that ends up in a hospital and an ambulance you would expect to have an outcome,".
"You would have thought he would have some follow up symptoms even if it was just feeling foggy, fatigued and out of energy."
Larkins' published comments led to a Twitter spat with Swans chairman Andrew Pridham, who wrote in response to a tweet from News that suggested Larkins had 'slammed' the Swans, "The next time I am unwell I will call @theheraldsun and see what Dr Larkins thinks it could be."
The next time I am unwell I will call @theheraldsun and See what Dr Larkins thinks it could be.— Andrew Pridham (@Pridhamhq) September 9, 2015
Larkins replied that he had not 'slammed' anyone. "What crap! I said it was an extraordinary effort! It was a compliment!!"
Swans chief executive Andrew Ireland said he was confident the club's doctors had made the right decision in allowing Franklin to play.
Franklin gathered 13 disposals and kicked one goal in the Swans' 63-point demolition of the Suns.
He will not play in the Swans' first finals appearance against the Dockers in Perth on Saturday due to an unrelated serious mental health issue.