News Willie Rioli - Provisionally Suspended

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ChampRevesby

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I dont accept protecting the head has damaged the game, changed it, but nothing like going from 20 to 22 & interchange.

FREE WILLIE ..
It's inevitable that will be class actions against the AFL in regards to concussion and brain damage. It's not a matter of if but when, that will be the breaking point.
 

Doashuey

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I dont accept protecting the head has damaged the game, changed it, but nothing like going from 20 to 22 & interchange.

FREE WILLIE ..
And neither Champ or I said it had damaged the game, but it sure has changed it. The Umps and MRo are having difficulty interpreting the ever changing rules/interpretations/ focus of the week and as a result blokes are getting rubbed out for accidents resulting football actions. It could be argued that some of the rules have actually encouraged players to put themselves at greater risk of a head knock to win a free kick.
 

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ghostbat12

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And neither Champ or I said it had damaged the game, but it sure has changed it. The Umps and MRo are having difficulty interpreting the ever changing rules/interpretations/ focus of the week and as a result blokes are getting rubbed out for accidents resulting football actions. It could be argued that some of the rules have actually encouraged players to put themselves at greater risk of a head knock to win a free kick.
So let me get this straight. The rules have both prevented guys from putting head over ball and also encouraged guys to put their head over ball.

Well I guess you have it all covered.

Umpires can’t umpire well due to congestion and speed of game. People forget they don’t have a 3D birds eye view of the field like you do in your armchair.
 

Doashuey

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So let me get this straight. The rules have both prevented guys from putting head over ball and also encouraged guys to put their head over ball.

Well I guess you have it all covered.

Umpires can’t umpire well due to congestion and speed of game. People forget they don’t have a 3D birds eye view of the field like you do in your armchair.
Are you sure you quoted the correct post there buddy? You have none of it straight.

Nowhere has anyone said that new rules prevent players putting their head over the ball, in fact it sometimes results in guys recklessly leading with their head to draw high contact. I think you need to re- read previous posts.
Regarding umpires, have you not noticed the inconsistency week to week in rule interpretations? The congestion and speed is a constant within a season so that is not a reason. It's not what they can and can't see, it is the interpretations that are changing due to AFL directives or even media noise. Reference the holding the ball interpretation earlier this year after Clarko had a whinge and no doubt Gil gave the umps a stern talking to.
 

ziad

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So let me get this straight. The rules have both prevented guys from putting head over ball and also encouraged guys to put their head over ball.

Well I guess you have it all covered.

Umpires can’t umpire well due to congestion and speed of game. People forget they don’t have a 3D birds eye view of the field like you do in your armchair.
The afl are linier thinkers. Problem? Change a rule to fix it bit dont think through teh resulting consequences of the change. Several melbourne players now lead with their head to gain protection from the umps - one day they will pay a horrible price.
Umpires follow instructions and the afl dont like decent. Just pay the free that are in the laws of the game and congestion will be minimised. It actually isnt that hard.
 

ChampRevesby

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It's only two months from now. And he was always going to get at least a year, if he's going to know the outcome by November I think that's a pretty positive outcome at this point. Also means it won't be a distraction while the season is on.
Justice delayed is justice denied.
 

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FreeTK

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My guess is 18 months. Missing all this year and half of next season.

would be ok with that tbh
18 months means his ban is lifted March 12.

He will also be able to return to the club to train one month before the ban ends, so would be able to train from February 12.

That would mean he could lineup for round 1 "all things being equal".

Would be a tremendous result.
 

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