AFL 2022 news: Chad Warner’s 50m penalty for referee dissent video, Carlton vs Sydney Swans
Footy fans are once again venting their frustration with the controversial referee dissent rule, which “completely ruins” the AFL.
Footy pundits vented their frustration at yet another controversial referee dissent penalty in the AFL after Sydney Swans midfielder Chad Warner was hit with a “bamboozling” decision during Friday night’s defeat to Carlton at the Marvel Stadium.
The Swans were 17 points behind early in the second quarter when Warner found an open space near the central square and ran around 25m before handballing a teammate.
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But despite bouncing the Sherrin during his short sprint, the referee awarded a free kick against Warner for running too far.
A confused Warner raised his arms in the air, only for the referee who paid a 50m penalty for dissent.
Players are required to complete a running rebound every 15 meters and most AFL fans agreed that the referee made a mistake.
Last week, Chief of the AFL Brad Scott said the referee dissent rule was fast becoming a “no problem” in sportbut refereeing inconsistently over the past two weekends proved otherwise.
Carlton eventually took a win of 15.12 (102) to 13.9 (87), the fourth straight win, to continue solidifying a place in the top four.
Blues striker Charlie Curnow has extended his lead in the Coleman Medal race scoring six goals, including five in the first half. It was the first time a Carlton footballer had kicked five majors in a time since Jarrad Waite joined the feat in 2013.
“What you are seeing here … was an astounding first aided by Charlie Curnow,” former Melbourne captain Garry Lyon told Fox Footy.
It looked like the Swans could take the four points when the margin was reduced to just eight points at the start of the fourth quarter, but the Blues held out for a famous win that brought Michael Voss’s side 8-2 for the season .
Speaking to reporters at the post-match press conference, Sydney manager John Longmire confessed that the 15-point loss to Carlton was “disappointing”.
“It was probably a bit of the contested ball, but there were also some contested marks, free kicks, if you look at where they were in the game,” he said.
“We thought we were beaten to the crumbs. After the game our hardball went well, but we were beaten a little in the crumbs particularly in the first half, we were beaten in contested scoring and free kicks.
“The contested ball is enclosed in one, but our toughness and our game have not had the right balance at different times”.
The Swans will then take on the Richmond Tigers at SCG on Friday, with the first rebound scheduled for 19:50 AEST.
Originally published as “It’s disgusting”: the AFL world is raging over the latest penalty farce