Swans accept captain Rampe's AFL fines

Sydney have opted against challenging the "excessive" punishment the AFL meted out to captain Dane Rampe in response to two incidents that overshadowed his team's win over Essendon.

The league hit Rampe with a fully suspended $1,000 fine for climbing a goal post last Friday plus a $10,000 fine, half of which is suspended, for telling an umpire he talks "like a little girl".

Swans chief executive Tom Harley acknowledged on Wednesday that Rampe erred but the club were considering an appeal.

Harley and AFL Players' Association (AFLPA) president Patrick Dangerfield both described the league's fines as excessive.

The club considered taking its case to the AFL appeals board, where it could have argued the sanction imposed was "manifestly excessive".

But on Thursday the Swans ultimately decided to draw a line under the matter.

"The club in no way condones the comments Rampe made to an umpire as they do not reflect our values of respect and inclusiveness," the Swans said in a statement.

"Rampe has acknowledged he made a mistake and apologised unreservedly. He is an outstanding leader of our football club and is disappointed in himself.

"The club remains of the view that the fines imposed are excessive, because they are not in line with the AFL's response to other recent incidents.

"We have raised our concerns with the AFL and hope the league will continue to show leadership with a consistently strong stance on such matters in the future."

However, the Bombers have written to the AFL asking for clarity regarding Rampe's post-siren climbing of a post.

Bombers chief executive Xavier Campbell suggested there was confusion about the mixed messaging coming out of AFL House.

AFL boss Gillon McLachlan praised the "practical" umpiring decision not to award a free kick, which would have ensured Essendon snatched victory.

"With the decision Tuesday around the fine, (you say) 'OK, well, this is confusing'," Campbell told SEN radio on Thursday.

"To the point where we've written to the AFL yesterday seeking absolute formal clarity above and beyond the discussions that we had earlier in the week.

"We feel there needs to be greater clarity on something like this."

Rampe was booked by AFL football operations boss Steve Hocking for 'conduct unbecoming or prejudicial to the interests of the AFL'.

Hocking slammed Rampe's verbals, which came while fuming about a call from umpire Jacob Mollison that he didn't hear, as "derogatory" and "completely unacceptable".

Rampe and Swans coach John Longmire, speaking on Monday, both acknowledged it was a poor choice of words.