ST KILDA coach Alan Richardson has led a refrain of AFL coaches — each previous and current — calling for off-ball niggling and hanging to be stamped out of the sport.
The hanging debate was as soon as once more raised following the techniques utilized by Brisbane’s Nick Robertson towards celebrity Richmond midfielder Dustin Martin.
Speaking on AFL 360, Richardson gave an perception as to how he would deal with offenders if he was an umpire.
“I think there is a great opportunity for the game; we do really good work to try and make sure the game is a great spectacle,” he informed Fox Footy.
“I feel if the great gamers have the chance to play the sport then the sport goes to be in a very good area.
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“If I used to be an umpire and I noticed a participant that was not given the perfect alternative to play, you possibly can nonetheless be bodily and aggressive, however you’re taking him out of the play then I might pay a free kick.
“I’ll inform you what the coach will do instantly as soon as his participant has given away a free kick, the message will go down — cease doing that.
“You can nonetheless compete pretty, aggressively and bodily. I reckon too typically umpires ignore stuff off the footy that must be paid.”
Geelong coach Chris Scott was in complete agreeance together with his St Kilda counterpart.
“I think I’ve heard a really logical view on this, there’s such a thing as holding the man,” he advised Fox Footy.
“If you seize a man 80m off the ball, it must be a free kick.
“I run the danger of being accused of being slightly hypocritical, given the best way I performed as a defender off the ball, however one factor I do know is gamers all through each period have been enjoying to the principles of the day.”
Essendon nice Tim Watson informed Talking Footy niggle had a sure half to play within the recreation, however solely to a authorized extent.
“I think there is some niggle that goes on in the game that is an acceptable part of the game, if it’s a push or a shove,” he advised Channel Seven.
“Players are literally now utilizing their forearm to smash into gamers, whether or not they smash into their again once they’re not wanting, they smash into their aspect, they smash into their arm — it’s a type of hanging.
“We have to wash it up within the recreation; it’s the best blight on our recreation that we permit such a behaviour to proceed on.
“It’s straightforward to wash up. All we have to do is pay a free kick; it’s a strike off the ball.”
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