Pendlebury criticized for ‘nonsense’ media claim, Eddie’s bold plan to save umpires

Collingwood captain Scott Pendlebury has come under fire from former great Garry Lyon over claims that the AFL media is exaggerating the issues around the new crackdown on referee dissent.

The veteran believes the player group has already adjusted behavior towards referees in the early rounds of the season, criticizing the media for making a mountain out of a grain of sand.

“I feel like the media is the last group to get it. All the players handle it,” Pendlebury said.

“The coaches clearly say we know what to expect, but it’s the media and the guys who commentate on football games that seem to have a big problem with that, and then that goes into the public forum because it gets talked about.

“As players we are very clear that anything we do will be 50 [a 50m penalty].”

answering in SEN BreakfastLyon described Pendlebury’s stance as “absurd”, saying the media has as much right as anyone to question the rules and dismissed the Magpies captain’s stance that players are fully aware of the current state of the game.

“We interviewed James Sicily a minute after the game and we asked him, these players who are so clear according to Pendlebury, no idea,” Lyon said.

“That is the most absurd thing I have ever heard: blaming the media for the dissent debate that is going on right now.

“The media, who pay Pendlebury salaries, it is up to us to be able to comment and comment properly.

“Thursday night, we hear an umpire say this, and then for the next five games we see that it isn’t. [paid] – So that’s the fault of the media, right?

“I mean, God help me.”

Media backlash has been swift over the AFL’s crackdown on referee abuse and dissent, with controversial £50m penalties paid against Brisbane’s Harris Andrews and Hawthorn’s Tom Mitchell for raising their arms in protest. for the decisions.

Yet the league isn’t backing down from its tougher new interpretation, with AFL football general manager Brad Scott adamant that the rules are here to stay.

“Our message to the players is that when a referee calls a free kick, accept it and move on,” Scott said Tuesday.

“Our message to referees is that we encourage them to continue to call free kicks or 50-meter penalties when players have disagreed.”

Scott Pendlebury of the Magpies celebrates a win

Scott Pendlebury (Dylan Burns/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Eddie McGuire Reveals Radical, Multi-Million Dollar Plan to Fix AFL Arbitration

Former Collingwood chairman and prominent AFL media personality Eddie McGuire has revealed his plan to remake the league’s always controversial refereeing system, after a string of recent controversial moments.

According to McGuire, the problem is that umpires are being asked to do too much, requiring only four on the field at a time to traverse the length of the field of play.

Talking at Nine’s ranked footballMcGuire advocated that the number of umpires at the AFL level increase substantially, while eliminating boundary and goal umpires at the same time.

“Stop putting Band-Aids on this and find a solution,” McGuire said.

“What I would have is two goal referees, and then four referees on the ground and two at the other end.

“Get rid of the boundary umpires, get rid of the goal umpires and, as the circles there show, umpires don’t have to run 15, 16, 17 kilometers a day and also dribble a ball for a party trick.

“What it means is that you can get better teams. I would like to see five teams of nine referees, that is, 45 referees, unlike what we have at the moment, where every weekend we send 99 referees and only 27 of them. they can pay a free throw”.

McGuire also argued that referees should be fully professionalized with a substantial salary increase, with most current jobs working during the week.

“I would pay them about $300,000 a year, because that’s what the game can hold,” he said.

“And we get the best people, and we get rid of this whole situation that we’re having right now.”

“So it’s a bold suggestion, but it’s time for referees to become the 19th team, and if we’re fair about showing respect, let’s respect them properly and make them a big part of this competition.”

COVID drama hits Dockers as five ruled out

Fremantle are set to feel the brunt of the ongoing spread of COVID-19 in Western Australia, with five players entering isolation ahead of their Round 6 clash with Carlton.

Young defenders Hayden Young and Heath Chapman will need to be replaced to face the Blues, while WAFL players Liam Henry and Connor Blakely and injured recruit Matt Johnson are also unavailable.

Alongside the players, assistant coaches Matthew Boyd and Josh Carr will also miss the match through WA virus protocols.

However, goalscorer Lachie Schultz is free to play after his own COVID-forced absence, while manager Justin Longmuir returned against Essendon after missing a fortnight.

Dockers coach Justin Longmuir talks to his team

(Photo by Jono Searle/AFL Photos/via Getty Images)

“We always thought that we would have our turn with COVID, and it seems to be just around the corner,” Longmuir said in 6PR On Wednesday.

“Hopefully we can limit it to five players.”

Fortunately, the Dockers’ situation is less dire than that faced by their rivals from across town, the West Coast, to start the year, who were forced to resort to WAFL reloads to field a team against North Melbourne. in Round 2.

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