Another day, another example of a footy player getting away with murder.
There’s been widespread outrage at the officiating in the AFL when it comes to ruling on holding the ball and incorrect disposals, with many fans furious indiscretions are going unpunished.
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And so it was again on Monday night during Collingwood’s 10.8 (68) to 6.10 (46) win over the Gold Coast.
Herald Sun football reporter Jon Ralph pointed out a blatant example of a Pies player illegally shovelling the ball out with one hand while being tackled — instead of kicking or handballing it — and being allowed to play on.
Broadcaster and Carlton diehard Andy Maher has complained about umpires letting players dispose of the ball however they want without any repercussions all season, and he was blowing up again on Monday.
“Seriously. That’s the easiest decision for an umpire to make. Holding the ball, incorrect disposal — it’s a bloody shambles,” Maher tweeted.
The incident in the Collingwood-Suns game comes after damning vision was uncovered from Melbourne’s thrilling 12.7 (79) to 11.8 (74) victory over GWS on Saturday night.
Finding the footy after Max Gawn’s tap-down from a boundary throw in during the first quarter, Demons star Jake Melksham ran into a Giants player and as he tumbled backwards, tried to get rid of the Sherrin before hitting the deck.
Rather than rely on traditional methods, the 29-year-old simply hurled the ball out the back with his right hand.
Melksham should have been pinged for incorrect disposal but the officials missed his throw and it was play-on.
“It’s beyond nonsense now,” Maher tweeted. “You can only hope that ALL THREE of them (the umpires) were blindsided. Imagine if that’s now being given a green light.
“I’m a broken man. It’s beaten me into submission.”
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