ALLANSFORD junior coach Warren Keane was sacked on Saturday after a sensational outburst at a WDFNL grand final presentation following an alleged death threat against him.
Allansford club president Nathan Adams said Mr Keane's outburst could not be condoned and was "extremely inappropriate in any level of sport, none more so than junior sport".
At the presentation to Old Collegians' victorious under 17 team, Mr Keane, using foul language, said he would take action if he found out the death threat came from the winning team.
His outburst shocked the large crowd of young families at the presentation.
Speaking yesterday, Mr Keane said he had regrets about the words he used, but not his reason for them.
He said his tirade was not "sour grapes" over Allansford's defeat but because he feared for his family's safety.
He said he had received a death threat on Tuesday and had decided prior to the grand final to speak out about it.
"I do regret the way it came out," Mr Keane said.
"I could have been more appropriate and done it with more decorum. I just needed to get it out there."
Mr Keane, 44, married with four young children, said the death threat was a photocopy of two images, one showing a snarling dog's head with a rifle with the handwritten statement saying "Every dog has its day" and another of a dead person laying on the ground.
He said the threat had deeply affected him and his wife and they had feared for their family throughout the week.
"It had a huge emotional impact on us," he said.
The couple had told their children not to answer knocks on the front door and had taken extra security precautions.
Mr Keane has been involved with junior football for about 14 years, both as a junior coach at Allansford and in Auskick.
Mr Keane said he had not gone to the police when he first received the threat because he had not wanted the grand final preparations of both teams upset by police interviews.
"Hindsight is a wonderful thing. Perhaps I should have gone to the police beforehand."
He has since passed the matter on to police.
Mr Keane said he had also raised the threat with others in his club but they had not known how to handle it.
He apologised to Old Collegians supporters for souring their celebrations.
He was determined the sender of the death threat not be allowed to get away with it.
"I am willing to take the consequences for my behaviour but surely there are consequences for their behaviour."