I can't read the article but I suspect that, as the Tribunal could have last night, they have in particular cases rejected evidence of "like cases". Probably because they weren't "like enough"."The AFL has previously disallowed precedents as it believes no two incidents are the same and that in law precedent normally applies in sentencing not in determining fact. The league is also reluctant to allow one case to become a rehearing of an earlier case and to draw out the process."
AFL tribunal should have greater scope to vary player punishments as they sit fit, AFL Players' Association has says.www.theage.com.au
I've been hearing this since video evidence was permitted in the 1980's. When did it change?
It was unusual to allow 3 which is what leads me to the "scapegoat" argument.