Western Bulldogs launch investigation into Tom Liberatore’s collapse against Essendon

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The Western Bulldogs are set to launch a follow up investigation into the circumstances that led to Tom Liberatore’s scary fall during Friday night’s loss to Essendon.

Foxfooty.com.au has confirmed with the Dogs the club will do their due diligence and further probe the matter – given the worrying scenes and nature of the incident – despite Liberatore passing a SCAT5 concussion test after the game.

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Liberatore, in the fourth quarter of the Marvel Stadium clash, collapsed in the centre of the ground in a scary moment as he was aided to by a concerned Darcy Parish.

The star Dogs on-baller, who copped hits from Jake Stringer and Nick Hind earlier in the game, appeared dazed after eventually getting back to his feet before playing out the game.

The Dogs post-match downplayed concerns around Liberatore, who himself told ABC he simply “lost balance” after tweaking his ankle.

Liberatore was cleared to speak to media after the game, which he otherwise wouldn’t have been had there been any lingering concerns around a concussion.

Meanwhile Dogs coach Luke Beveridge was adamant Liberatore wasn’t concussed.

“He’s fine. For some reason he lost his footing and stumbled, but he’s fine. He’s being looked after and there’s no concussion or anything like that,” the Dogs coach told reporters.

Footy fans however weren’t buying what the Bulldogs were selling as they called out the excuses surrounding the incident.

ESPN’s Matt Walsh wrote: “Footy has a long way to go. No person who has been alive for more than five years would tell you that’s an ankle issue.”

NRL Physio wrote: “Ankle tweak?” along with an emoji of one eye peeping through hands.

Another user wrote: “Even Stevie Wonder can see that’s not an ankle tweak.”

Fox Footy pundits were left concerned watching the incident.

“To stagger after a contest like this, that does not look good. (Bulldogs doctor) Gary Zimmerman would be having a close look at that. That is troubling,” former Hawthorn sharpshooter Ben Dixon told Fox Footy Live.

Geelong great Cameron Mooney added: “It’s hard to say what it was, but that just looked like a guy who was dizzy after a big hit and lost his balance and needed to lay down for half a second. He seems to be OK now.”

Meanwhile St Kilda champion Dal Santo heaped praise on Parish for the way he handled the situation.

“Well done by Darcy Parish here,” Dal Santo said.

“That is a really good by an opposition player to have care for somebody else … that’s fantastic on a different level.”

Foxfooty.com.au has contacted the AFL, who’s expected to reach out to the Dogs on the matter.

Originally published as Bulldogs to launch investigation into Liberatore’s ‘troubling’ collapse