Matthew Nicholls is the worst umpire in the AFL.

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I was amazed Nicholls paid that free. He’s got history with Port, most recently the game against Hawthorn. When I saw his name during the week I went into meltdown. He’s absolutely the worst umpire in the league.
So did we - he has hated us ever since Maxy thumped the ball away after the flog did one of the worst bounces ever.
 

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Whoever umpired the Hawks/Freo game today = negative 10,000 votes. (Margetts, Dalgleish and Ryan - so impressed I made the effort to look them up!)

I don't think there was a decision all day that had fans of either team tearing their hair out.

After two weeks of Razor's efforts on prime-time it made for quite a peaceful viewing experience.
Margetts now he is a campaigner/%###$
 

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I am surprised that there isn’t a mention of Stephen McBurney in this thread. Very biased and definitely wears his white and blue hooped undies in every game he officiates in. Give me Nicholls and Stevic anyday over that fool.
 

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Bump.

He is one of only two umpires who I know the names of, which is a dead give away that he is a shockingly bad umpire.

Absolute flog. Seems to have a specific hatred for Melbourne too.
 

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I think he's a cheat, or he gambles on the AFL.

He parked himself inside Sydney's forward half for the last 4-5mins of the game.

He did the same against us in the Hawks match down in Tassy. God knows how many more times he's got away with this.
It's time someone independent of the AFL looked into him.
 

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I'm not blaming him for our loss. We kicked ourselves out of the game.

However, the public have the right view games of football that are officiated impartially and correctly. He needs to go for the good of the game. If anyone knows how to lodge formal complaints against umpires, let's get the ball rolling.
 

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I'm not blaming him for our loss. We kicked ourselves out of the game.

However, the public have the right view games of football that are officiated impartially and correctly. He needs to go for the good of the game. If anyone knows how to lodge formal complaints against umpires, let's get the ball rolling.
This is the muppet that watched and completely ignored Franklin being held and restricted from running in a one on one contest with the ball 15 metres away. He also watched as Hewitt was taken high twice in the space of 3 seconds and ignored both despite a clear line of sight. On at least 5 other occasions he had a clear line of sight to pay obvious frees and made a choice not to pay it. This campaigner has had it in for us for years.
 

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Nicholls has been around for quite a while.

He was the umpire with ball in hand that went ahead and bounced the ball to continue play well after the final siren had been heard by a lot of players out on the ground in that St Kilda vs Fremantle debacle finish in Tasmania back in 2006.

But no good can come of this thread.
 

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Seriously. He flat out gets the game wrong. Pays the very shifty ones, doesn't pay the obvious. Will pull out a technical free kick but when someone is dead to rights for marking infringement, throwing or HTB he'll put the whistle away. Just unreal how he still manages to actually get a gig.
Great post..matt stevic runs a close second
 

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Last nights combo of Stevic and Nicholls was truly horrible.

First half was just bad umpiring for both sides- too many tiggy touchwood frees that should never be paid in high stakes finals.

Third quarter was beyond a joke- Dees favoured and basically kept in the game- Stevic must have been so conflicted paying against his favoured team

Last quarter was bizarre- Hawks got a few 'evener uppers'- although i reckon the Lewis slide definitely there- viney not so much.

Nicholls CANNOT umpire another final!
 

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Last nights combo of Stevic and Nicholls was truly horrible.

First half was just bad umpiring for both sides- too many tiggy touchwood frees that should never be paid in high stakes finals.

Third quarter was beyond a joke- Dees favoured and basically kept in the game- Stevic must have been so conflicted paying against his favoured team

Last quarter was bizarre- Hawks got a few 'evener uppers'- although i reckon the Lewis slide definitely there- viney not so much.

Nicholls CANNOT umpire another final!
Haha. Nicholls was doing his best effort to keep Hawthorn alive all night.
 

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although i reckon the Lewis slide definitely there- viney not so much.
Disagree on the Lewis one. Lewis was down low and almost stationary when he was run into front on. The rule was meant to be about players coming in and actively diving into another player's legs while the other player is trying to pick it up, not about players running hard at a near stationary player who is trying to pick it up and intentionally tripping over them to get a free.

I think they've been calling that wrongly lots this year and it's encouraging players to come in late and lead dangerously with the knees rather than properly contest.
 

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Third quarter was beyond a joke- Dees favoured and basically kept in the game- Stevic must have been so conflicted paying against his favoured team

Last quarter was bizarre- Hawks got a few 'evener uppers'- although i reckon the Lewis slide definitely there- viney not so much.

Nicholls CANNOT umpire another final!
What game were you watching? Lol
Agree with your last line though.
 
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