Hock­ing axes Schwab as um­pires boss

The Observer - - SPORT | DIGEST - – Jon Ralph

AFL: The AFL has sacked um­pires chief Peter Schwab in the first sign of new foot­ball boss Steve Hock­ing’s in­ter­ven­tion­ist ap­proach.

Schwab (pic­tured) was ex­tremely pop­u­lar with um­pires af­ter re­plac­ing Wayne Camp­bell as their leader only late last year.

But Hock­ing, in the job since only Oc­to­ber 16, moved him on as he re­struc­tured as­pects of the AFL’s um­pir­ing and foot­ball depart­ment.

The AFL had lured Schwab, a for­mer Hawthorn player and coach, out of a head re­cruit­ing role with Bris­bane last De­cem­ber. Hock­ing said yes­ter­day the league was mov­ing in a dif­fer­ent di­rec­tion.

“Peter took over the role at a crit­i­cal time for the AFL, and ... is seek­ing new chal­lenges,” Hock­ing said.

The AFL’s state­ment quoted Schwab say­ing he was happy to move back into foot­ball.

“My pas­sion and skill set lie more with foot­ball than they do with um­pir­ing,” Schwab said.

PHOTO: AAP

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