Pendlebury criticizes ‘nonsensical’ media claim, Eddie’s bold plan to save referees

Collingwood captain Scott Pendlebury has been criticized by former great Garry Lyon for claiming the AFL media overestimated the issues surrounding the new referee’s actions against dissent.

The veteran believes that the playing group has already changed its behavior towards referees in the first rounds of the season and has criticized the media for turning a molehill into a mountain.

“I feel like the media is the last group to understand. The players are all in control of it,” Pendlebury said.

“The coaches say pretty clearly that we know what to expect, but it’s the media and guys who comment on football that seem to have a big problem with it, and then it’s on the public forum because it’s being talked about.

“As players, we are so clear that everything we do will be 50… [a 50m penalty]†

Respond SEN BreakfastLyon described Pendlebury’s stance as ‘nonsense’, saying the media has as much a right as anyone to question the rules, rejecting the Magpies captain’s view that the players are fully aware of the current situation. situation.

“We interviewed James Sicily a minute after the game and asked him – these players who are so obvious according to Pendlebury – no idea,” Lyon said.

“That’s the most nonsensical thing I’ve ever heard: blaming the media for the dissident debate going on right now.

“The media – who pay Pendlebury’s wages – have a duty to comment and respond well.

“Thursday night we hear a referee say this, and then we watch the next five games that it isn’t the case [paid] — so that’s the media’s fault, right?

“I mean, God help me.”

The media reacted swiftly to the AFL’s crackdown on referee abuse and dissent, with controversial $50 million fines paid against Brisbane’s Harris Andrews and Hawthorn’s Tom Mitchell for raising their arms in protest at decisions.

However, the league is not shying away from their new, tougher interpretation, with AFL general manager of football Brad Scott adamant that the rules will stand.

“Our message to the players is that when a referee pays a free kick, accept it and move on,” Scott said on Tuesday.

“Our message to umpires is that we encourage you to keep paying free kicks or 50-meter penalties if players disagree.”

Scott Pendlebury of the Magpies celebrates a win

Scott Pendlebury (Dylan Burns/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Eddie McGuire Unveils Radical Multimillion Dollar Plan to Solve AFL Arbitration

Former Collingwood president and prominent AFL media personality Eddie McGuire has revealed his plan to recreate the league’s ever-controversial refereeing system, following a string of controversial recent moments.

According to McGuire, the problem lies in the fact that umpires are being asked too much, with only four on the field at a time needed to traverse the length of the playing field.

Speaking on Nine’s Footy classifiedMcGuire argued for the number of AFL-level umpires to increase significantly, while cutting boundary and goal umpires at the same time.

“Stop sticking plasters and come up with a solution,” McGuire said.

“What I would have is two umpires, and then four umpires on the ground and two on the other side.

“Get rid of the linesmen, get rid of the goal umpires and as the circles show you there, the umpires don’t have to run 15, 16, 17 kilometers a day and also bounce a ball for a party trick.

“What it means is you can get better teams – I’d like to see five teams of nine umpires, so 45 umpires, as opposed to what we have now, which is we send 99 umpires every weekend and only 27 umpires. they can afford a free kick.”

McGuire also argued that referees should be fully professionalized with a substantial pay increase, with most of the current jobs working weekdays during the week.

“I’d pay them about $300,000 a year because that’s what the game can hold,” he said.

“And we’re getting the best people in, and we’re getting rid of all this situation that we have right now.”

“So it’s a bold suggestion, but it’s time for the umpires to be the 19th team, and if we’re being honest about showing respect, let’s respect them well and make them a big part of this competition.”

COVID drama hits Dockers as five excluded

Fremantle will bear the brunt of the ongoing spread of COVID-19 in Western Australia, with five players going into isolation ahead of their round 6 clash with Carlton.

Young defenders Hayden Young and Heath Chapman will have to be replaced to face the Blues, while WAFL players Liam Henry and Connor Blakely and injured conscript Matt Johnson are also unavailable.

In addition to the players, assistant coaches Matthew Boyd and Josh Carr will also miss the game due to WA’s virus protocols.

However, goalsneak Lachie Schultz is free to play after his own COVID-forced absence, as coach Justin Longmuir returns against Essendon after missing a 14-day absence.

Dockers coach Justin Longmuir talks to his team

(Photo by Jono Searle/AFL Photos/via Getty Images)

“We always thought we were going to get our turn with COVID, and it seems to be on our doorstep,” Longmuir continued 6PR on Wednesday.

“Hopefully we can narrow it down to the five players.”

The Dockers’ situation is thankfully less serious than that faced by crosstown rivals West Coast at the start of the year, who were forced to turn to WAFL top-ups to play a match against North Melbourne in round 2.

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