THE AFL is waiting until it receives a security report before further investigating an altercation between Fremantle coach Ross Lyon and a fan who slapped him on the back while walking through the crowd in Saturday's loss to the Sydney Swans.
The incident took place as Lyon, flanked by stadium security, walked past spectators just outside the Dockers’ coaches box and near the press box at ANZ Stadium.
AFL spokesman Patrick Keane said the League would respond to the incident after receiving a security report on Monday.
Lyon played down the incident on Saturday night.
"Someone hit me on the back and I responded. That was about the size of it." Lyon said.
"I just felt some force to my back so I turned around and said 'Please don't do that'."
The Australian reported that the spectator, Dockers fan David Soale, said he merely offered Lyon some encouragement by patting him on the back.
"I just said ‘Go get em Ross’ and he turned around and grabbed me by the throat," Soale said, adding that the Freo coach peppered the brief exchange with profanities.
"I was shocked. I didn't mean anything by it."
Lyon said he had no problems walking through the crowd to get onto the ground.
"It's never an issue but you only need one," Lyon said.
"It is a safe environment, you've got security, sometimes things happen."
He said he did not know if the male spectator was thrown out of the ground.
"I'd like to think they were but you would have to ask security, that's their job not mine," he said.