Time for the AFL to consider introducing a decision review system | Scott Heinrich

Time for the AFL to consider introducing a decision review system | Scott Heinrich

The Guardian

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The course of both Geelong’s and Brisbane’s seasons have been altered by Friday’s umpiring blunder

Many a thing contributes to the fate of a closely fought contest. A missed tackle here, a shanked shot on goal there. Seldom can one event be viewed as a determinant in isolation. But where human error on the part of players is recognised, even celebrated, as part of footy’s rich tapestry, we should be less accepting of it when it comes to adjudication.

Though a potpourri of events had led Geelong and Brisbane to where they were in the final moments on Friday night, the fact of the matter is umpire Rob O’Gorman’s horrendous non-call decided the match. Trailing by two points, the Lions should have been awarded a free-kick and a straightforward set shot for one of the most obvious holding-the-ball tackles you will see.

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