Fremantle has emphatically
dismissed a Perth radio claim by Brad Hardie that Dockers coach Ross Lyon approached Collingwood about becoming its next senior coach.
"I am bitterly disappointed that such so-called journalism even sees the light of day," Lyon said in a statement.
"I have contacted Brad Hardie directly and voiced my disgust at his comments.
"They are totally without foundation and not based on fact in any way, shape or form.
"Such an erroneous and reckless claim should be exposed for what it is – a complete fabrication and a falsehood."
Nathan Buckley lashes out at the media after a report that Fremantle coach Ross Lyon had approached Collingwood about coaching the club in 2018.
Perth broadcaster Brad Hardie made the sensational claim on 6PR radio and the story has since been angrily rebutted by the Dockers.
Buckley echoed Lyon's disappointment that the story was aired and said Hardie should be held to account for it.
"You guys know the ones (reporters) that do the due diligence and do your work and support your suppositions with fact, and you also know the ones that take leaps of faith. You've got to hold those blokes to account," Buckley said.
"How can you let someone come up with absolute fabrications, who's in your industry? That's the key question."