Collingwood star Brayden Maynard wiped out by Western Bulldogs Sam Darcy at Marvel Stadium on Friday night

The football world has been sharply divided after well-known agitator Brayden Maynard was hit by a high-profile shot at Marvel Stadium on Friday night.

In the opening minutes of the big clash between Collingwood and the Western Bulldogs, Taylor Duryea had already been booked for an elbow on Nick Daicos when Adam Treloar kicked the ball long out of defence.

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As Maynard prepared to kick, Bulldogs big man Sam Darcy arrived late and leaped into the air, elbowing the Pies defender in the back.

Maynard looked shaken and the moment sparked a brief scuffle between the teams before Pie scored a goal from close range after being awarded a 50-yard penalty.

The 27-year-old was able to pass a concussion test and carry on as a dissection of the moment began between football pundits and fans.

“Oh, Maynard was cleared, Sam Darcy got him with a big kick,” said Matt Granland on commentary on Radio 3AW.

“He’s on the ground and he’s moving, but Maynard hit him really hard.”

AFL legend Leigh Matthews responded on 3AW saying: “It was body to body but it’s definitely still going to hurt and he’s going to get a 50m penalty and shoot from about 15m.

“But it was just late, well, it’s more than loot, it’s a blow.”

Granland added: “It was a blow. He decided to strike, and that’s why Sam Darcy is in big trouble.’

Essendon great Matthew Lloyd then added: “So (Bombers forward) Peter Wright, he got four weeks, didn’t he (for his high hit on Sydney’s Harry Cunningham)? But the player was knocked out.

“It was a bad shot … the ball was sitting on top of Brayden Maynard.

“What you can’t do, (Darcy) has turned into a crutch in a sense, you can’t do that anymore.”

Matthews said afterwards: “I don’t think it was high. I think it was just body to body, but that’s potentially another week or two (temporary break).

“At this point, Sam Darcy will be thinking why the hell did I do that?

“He just missed a step or two and basically hit him in the back, which is kind of illegal in our game and I suspect you get a week for that.”

While the debate focused on any possible sanction for Darcy, it was quickly established that Maynard himself is no stranger to the AFL tribunal.

The defender was banned for two games for a high shot that rocked GWS’s Daniel Lloyd in training two years ago, and was also banned for staging in 2018.

His most high-profile incident came last September when Maynard’s attempted choke knocked out Melbourne’s Angus Brayshaw, with the defender escaping punishment.

Fans still reacted strongly to the sight of Maynard on the Marvel Stadium green on Friday night, with some in awe of the hard hit.

“Maynard gets a dose of his own meds,” was one comment on X.

“Sam Darcy may have just pulled off one of the greatest individual plays in AFL history,” wrote another.

“The irony of this is priceless,” added a third.

“Maynard Maynard got caught,” wrote another.

Others were quick to point out that it was a nasty blow from Darcy.

One commented: “Deserved or not, this is a poor effort from a Bulldogs player.”

Another offered: “Enjoy your vacation.”

Another called it a “cheap shot” while a Collingwood fan said simply: “Haters gonna hate.”

The Pies got off to a fast start, scoring three of the game’s first four goals to jump out to an early lead.

The Bulldogs clawed their way into the contest though and came within three points at the main break, trailing 8.8 (56) to 8.5 (53) in the crucial top-eight battle.

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