AFL concedes umpires missed Adelaide free kick towards Collingwood


AFL umpires boss Dan Richardson concedes Adelaide captain Jordan Dawson ought to have been paid a free kick within the dying seconds of his aspect’s heartbreaking two-point defeat to Collingwood.

The Crows have been overrun within the final quarter of a pulsating contest on the MCG on Sunday, leaving them clinging to eighth spot on the ladder.

Controversy erupted within the determined closing moments when Dawson was denied a set shot to win the sport after excessive contact from Collingwood’s Jamie Elliott.

Crows ruckman Reilly O’Brien had pushed the ball inside 50 metres, the place it was gathered by Dawson, who was instantly crashed into by Elliott.

The ball fell free and the Magpies cleared the hazard to hold on for the win – their third consecutive victory over Adelaide by lower than a kick.

A livid Dawson sustained a reduce lip within the incident and was proven on the tv broadcast approaching an umpire to voice his issues.

On Monday, Richardson conceded the free kick had been missed by umpires, who “had a restricted view of the competition”.

Crows coach Matthew Nicks later wrote it off as “the luck of the sport”.

“It’s a troublesome recreation to play, it’s a troublesome recreation to umpire,” Nicks instructed Fox Footy.

“You already know what, that’s in all probability not paid 9 occasions out of 10 in the course of the 12 months.

“We’d prefer to assume possibly we’re two factors forward when that occurs, however we’ll battle on and hopefully we meet that crew much more occasions over the following few years.”

If awarded the free kick, Dawson would have had a shot after the siren to win the sport for Adelaide from about 40 metres instantly in entrance of purpose.

“Watching it again, it was clearly a transparent free kick, however it’s laborious within the warmth of the sport to note that,” O’Brien instructed Community Ten.

“Daws had a reasonably fats lip with loads of blood popping out post-game, so he actually received some contact, however you may’t actually blame it on particular person umpiring choices.

“There’s rather a lot all through the sport that go both method. We had our probabilities and simply weren’t in a position to capitalise late and get forward.”

Dawson famously transformed an after-the-siren shot to grab victory for the Crows towards fierce rivals Port Adelaide in spherical three final 12 months.




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