Abbey Holmes' defiant act after Kissgate controversy with AFL star Lachie Neale: 'She's out here kissing everybody now'

Came under fire for on-air kiss with good friend Neale Has received plenty of support as well for her act Doubled down in post-match interviews with Carlton players 

Abbey Holmes has doubled down on the Lachie Neale Kissgate scandal in the aftermath of Friday night's match between Carlton and Geelong.

The AFL commentator had previously come under fire for a seemingly harmless kiss on the cheek that she shared with good friend and Brisbane Lion Lachie Neale after an on-field interview.

Now, in a clear message to her detractors, Holmes shared a similar kiss with Carlton star Tom De Koning after he turned in the game of the season for the Blues.

'I want to ask you about your form at the moment, career best, there's no doubt about that,' Holmes said to De Koning.

'25 disposals, 20 contested possessions, another seven clearances, how much confidence do you have with what you are able to do out here on game day?'

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Holmes is a former AFLW player and respected AFL commentator that has come under fire in recent weeks for the seemingly innocent on-air kiss with Lions star Lachie Neale

Holmes is a former AFLW player and respected AFL commentator that has come under fire in recent weeks for the seemingly innocent on-air kiss with Lions star Lachie Neale

Holmes interviewed Tom De Koning after the Carlton star had his best match of the season

Holmes interviewed Tom De Koning after the Carlton star had his best match of the season

De Koning shared a peck on the cheek and a big hug after the interview on Friday night

De Koning shared a peck on the cheek and a big hug after the interview on Friday night

De Koning replied: 'A lot. I know my role back to front now and I've got the trust of my teammates, and I have the utmost trust in them to get their roles done, so that helps me a lot.

'I'm really enjoying my footy at the moment.'

As the interview concluded,  De Koning then leaned in for a kiss on the cheek and a warm embrace.

'Tdk and abbey Holmes just kissed, must be dating?' one fan asked sarcastically.

'Abbey Holmes single-handedly bringing back the kiss hello,' posted another.

'Abbey Holmes dishing out the don't argues to the feminists,' added another.

Then to really bring the point home, Holmes also shared a kiss with forward star Charlie Curnow and Alex Cincotta.

'Abbey Holmes just out here kissing everybody now,' a follower posted with the hashtag #goodonher.

'Abbey Holmes making sure to kiss everyone post game,' posted another with a skull emoji.

Holmes also interviewed Carlton stars Charlie Curnow and Alex Cincotta and shared a kiss on the cheek and hugs with them as well

Holmes also interviewed Carlton stars Charlie Curnow and Alex Cincotta and shared a kiss on the cheek and hugs with them as well

There was plenty more commentary on Holmes on social media following Friday night's clash

There was plenty more commentary on Holmes on social media following Friday night's clash

This polite kiss between friends was what sparked the controversy that has raged online ever since

This polite kiss between friends was what sparked the controversy that has raged online ever since

The TV presenter had previously shared a quick kiss on the cheek with dual Brownlow medallist Neale after interviewing him post-match when the Lions played the Bulldogs in round 13.

The pair, friends off the pitch, ignited a debate over whether the kiss was appropriate, with some commentators claiming it crossed a line.

Holmes, a former AFLW player, responded by describing the response as 'really upsetting'.

'Jules Neale … sent me a message this morning saying, "I hope you're okay — this is ridiculous",' Holmes said at the time.

After sparking controversy with the post-game kiss, Holmes sent her fans a heartfelt message on social media this week.

'Always focused. Thanks for the love this week, people. I've heard you,' she posted on Instagram.

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Carlton smashed Geelong 21.12 (138) to 11.9 (75) in the Friday night clash, locking down second place on the AFL ladder

Carlton smashed Geelong 21.12 (138) to 11.9 (75) in the Friday night clash, locking down second place on the AFL ladder

Carlton dominated Geelong in a disastrous night for the Cats, with Tom Hawkins injured and Patrick Dangerfield facing match review issues.

Carlton won by 63 points, with a score of 21.12 (138) to 11.9 (75), marking their highest score of the season and their highest against Geelong since the 1995 grand final.

Hawkins, playing his 359th game, managed only three disposals against Carlton's key defender Jacob Weitering and has scored just 15 goals in 12 games this season.

He injured himself pushing off his left foot in the third quarter, leading him to leave the field in distress and later be seen on crutches.

'I can't say the news is good news, but I'm not saying the news is bad, either,' Cats coach Chris Scott said.

'It's mid-foot -- he has had a problem with his toe ... it's not the same injury. The experts we have don't know, so I certainly don't have anything more to add on that.'

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