Umps go over­board

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

THE AFL has ad­mit­ted Round 17 was over-of­fi­ci­ated, with um­pir­ing boss Wayne Camp­bell adamant um­pires were in­structed to find only “two or three” ex­tra free kicks.

Play­ers, coaches and fans were left en­raged af­ter the um­pires dished out the high­est av­er­age num­ber of free kicks for a round this sea­son – a re­sult of “some sort of mis­com­mu­ni­ca­tion”, Camp­bell said. He said the only di­rec­tive to um­pires was to find a few pre­vi­ously missed free kicks around mark­ing con­tests, 50m penal­ties and pushes in the back but they went over­board at the week­end.

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