McCartney and the Umpires

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The GIANTS’ General Manager Football Jason McCartney has accepted the sanction handed down by the AFL today in relation to Rule 15.2 (Approaches to Umpires).

McCartney said: “I unreservedly apologise and accept responsibility for my actions on Friday night.

“Umpires play a vital role at all levels of our game and those of us fortunate enough to work at the elite level must set an example in the way we show respect towards those officiating our game.“

 

ClockworkOrange

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The GIANTS’ General Manager Football Jason McCartney has accepted the sanction handed down by the AFL today in relation to Rule 15.2 (Approaches to Umpires).

McCartney said: “I unreservedly apologise and accept responsibility for my actions on Friday night.

“Umpires play a vital role at all levels of our game and those of us fortunate enough to work at the elite level must set an example in the way we show respect towards those officiating our game.“

Unlike other controversial umpiring calls, Hocking has publicly supported the umpiring of the game.

Why?

Because he can’t both publicly agree with McCartney and fine him simultaneously.

This is a classic case of ‘shoot the messenger’.



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Boristown

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Unlike other controversial umpiring calls, Hocking has publicly supported the umpiring of the game.

Why?

Because he can’t both publicly agree with McCartney and fine him simultaneously.

This is a classic case of ‘shoot the messenger’.



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DogsAreBarking

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Unlike other controversial umpiring calls, Hocking has publicly supported the umpiring of the game.

Why?

Because he can’t both publicly agree with McCartney and fine him simultaneously.

This is a classic case of ‘shoot the messenger’.



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It's not ''shoot the messenger'', it's ''we can't allow club officials to think they can barge in on the umpires during a game''
 

flyinghi64

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To think he thought he could do what he did with no repercussions is a little foolish, he has been in the game long and deep enough to know umpires are "off limits"
I just think he had a guts full and said F-it someone needs to have some ballz around here and make a statement.
And he did.

Right or wrong, obviously wrong way, what he did was bound to happen sooner or later one way or another.
The inconsistency with how our game is officiated is embarrassing and unfortunately increasing.

The free kick count means jack. It is about where and when they are paid and how a decision goes one way but not the other, this part is more because one umpire pays something at one end but another umpire sees the same thing at the other but doesn't pay it.

You know there is a problem when you watch a game and go "WOW that was a well umpired game"
 

owen87

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A $20,000 fine is way too light on for this IMO.

If you have an issue with the umpiring, address it after the game through the appropriate channels. And there should be appropriate channels for umpires to be held accountable for ensuring they officiate consistently, and where the format of the rule(s) make it difficult or impossible to umpire it consistently, the umpires should be able to give feedback, and that rule should be modified to make it able to be consistently applied.

But to walk in on them mid-game? Imagine for a moment if GWS had the rub of the green after half-time? Even if it was dumb luck, it would entirely compromise the result of the game.
 

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How about the AFL train better umpires? Or stop making up new sh*t rules every year that makes their job harder.

I don't or will never under stand the reverence for umpires by the AFL. Of course they shouldn't be abused, but they certainly should be allowed to be criticized. Just like the players are.

They are paid to do a Job like anyone else. Do it correctly or fu** off.
 

DogsAreBarking

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But to walk in on them mid-game? Imagine for a moment if GWS had the rub of the green after half-time? Even if it was dumb luck, it would entirely compromise the result of the game.
Well, they kind of did. And I'm aware that I'm a Bulldogs supporter and I'm not complaining at all, just an observation. If my team was getting a free ride in the first half (I don't buy the conspiracy theories but I'll play along for the sake of the discussion), it's an absolutely astonishing coincidence that a GWS official goes ballistic at the umpires at half time and suddenly the free kick count flips around the other way and we end up near level at the end. Can easily be argued that consciously or subconsciously the umpires might have sh*t themselves and suddenly started being very aware of a need to pay some to the orange boys.
 

flyinghi64

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How about the AFL train better umpires? Or stop making up new sh*t rules every year that makes their job harder.

I don't or will never under stand the reverence for umpires by the AFL. Of course they shouldn't be abused, but they certainly should be allowed to be criticized. Just like the players are.

They are paid to do a Job like anyone else. Do it correctly or fu** off.
A good start would be to put some cones down 15M apart so they can actually see and learn what 15 BLOODY METRES is.
 

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