‘What a load of rubbish’: AFL fans fume at missed time wasting free kick amid rules confusion

AFL players and fans are still coming to terms with the time-wasting rule after it cost Collingwood dearly last weekend, but it didn’t pay off in Carlton’s win over Port Adelaide on Thursday night.

The Blues ran away from Porto in the fourth quarter to claim a 16.11 (107) to 10.11 (71) victory, shattering their Adelaide hoodoo and making the Power look like a “fake top four team”. as labeled by Fox Footy’s Jason Dunstall.

After the AFL sent notice to clubs in midweek, the ball-handling rule was noticeably tightened in the first game of round 12, with players being fined several times.

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Eagle-eyed fans also noticed the moment late in the fourth quarter of Thursday night’s game when the referee decided not to award a free kick due to running out of time.

An irritated Porto midfielder wants the referee to waste the free kick

When Carlton’s Jack Carroll was tackled in the center square and the ball was called for, he threw the ball to the ground, well away from the umpire.

Port Adelaide’s Jason Horne-Francis saw himself appeal for a free-kick, but his efforts fell on deaf ears as the second official stepped in at the break to award the ball.

The moment came a week after Collingwood’s Lachie Sullivan was lambasted for wasting time in the closing stages of his side’s draw with Fremantle.

Thursday night’s incident could have been much more drama had Carlton not been leading by 36 points at the time.

In stoppage time, Sullivan was penalized for passing the ball to teammate Nick Daicos instead of referee Matthew Nicholls, and Freo’s Sean Darcy was awarded a free-kick.

“I didn’t like the Fremantle-Collingwood talk about Sullivan,” Fox Footy’s Nick Dal Santo told news.com.au.

“According to the letter of the law, the judge actually declared correctly. I just don’t like the rule. I don’t think that moment or any moment of the game should be judged that way.

“If it’s in the first minute of the game, I don’t want to see it as a free kick against. I just don’t like that for our game.”

The AFL has clarified that it is considered time wasting if a player does not give the ball directly to the umpire at stoppage time. Players are allowed to throw the ball on the ground, but passing the ball to another player is considered a waste of time.

Footy fans, particularly Collingwood supporters, were left baffled that a free kick was not awarded for time wasting following Sullivan’s decision in the final round.

One fan wrote on X: “What’s the rule? Need to return the ball directly to the referee? Lol what bullshit…. JHF even brought it to the manager’s attention but he didn’t do anything…” said one Collingwood defender.

A Magpies fan account said: “Where was the free time wasters here.”

Meanwhile, the holding officiating rule has become as clear as mud, with moves such as a player turning 360 degrees while in possession often not being pinged in this season, where it was long accepted as instant possession. punishment.

Midway through the opening half, Carlton’s Charlie Curnow took the ball, then one-handed Porto defender Aliir Aliir.

Curnow fell to the ground and turned before belatedly throwing Sherrin into his boot, with the referee blowing the whistle for holding the ball.

One person watching closely was former Collingwood captain and coach Buckley, who fired off a sarcasm-filled tweet at Xu.

“Who would have thought that forcing the ball carrier to make quicker decisions would lead to quicker, more open footwork?” he wrote. ️

“A great fit.”

During the game, there was a series of faster whistles as the umpires carried out instructions from AFL headquarters.

At the start of the last half, as you can see in the video player above, Sam Walsh grabbed a loose ball after picking it up and was quickly tackled by two Porto players, with the referee again quickly awarding a free kick.

In this instance, Walsh had no prior opportunity to give up the ball, but the decision negated another stoppage and allowed the game to move on much more quickly.

“It’s going to be a ball,” Dale Thomas said.

“It will,” added Brayshaw.

“Would you like the ball-handling to be refereed like that?” Nicholson asked Joel Selwood.

“You just have to look to try from there,” replied the Geelong great.

“So, give him a chance, even if you just throw him in.”

Later in the game, Buckley took to the social media platform again with a new clip.

“And kudos to the refs on the field tonight,” he wrote.

“Nick Foot, Matt Stevic, Jamie Broadbent and Craig Fleer all performed brilliantly.

“Changing the interpretation is one thing, but it still needs to be put (in) practice … great job.”

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