Jack Viney banned for two matches
Melbourne Demon Jack Viney hits twitter after being suspended for two matches following a collision with Adelaide's Tom Lynch that left the Crow with a broken jaw.PT0M40S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-37vjq 620 349 May 7, 2014
The MRP's decision to suspend Melbourne youngster Jack Viney with for two-games has been met with near universal condemnation from AFL players past and present.
Stars of the modern day and bygone years took to Twitter, radio and television to voice their anger, along with concern and confusion over the verdict.
Melbourne's Jack Viney (middle, number 7) collides with Tom Lynch and Alex Georgiou. Photo: afl.com.au/Fox Footy
Here is a selection of some of the most noteworthy quotes:
Disappointing outcome tonight but I really appreciate everyone's support! Many kind messages. Don't stress Dees fans, I won't change! ��
— Jack Viney (@jackviney7) May 6, 2014
I've seen huge hits where no one is hurt, and I also saw @Jude_Bolton get knocked out cold in a warm up drill at training. It happens.— Luke Ablett (@luke_ablett) May 7, 2014
Jack Viney leaves the tribunal on Tuesday night.
Don't know Viney but he plays the way the game should be played. Hard, tough & clean. Certainly earned the respect everyone craves in footy— Jude Bolton (@Jude_Bolton) May 6, 2014
You have got to be kidding me #viney— Mitch Clark (@MitchClark11) May 6, 2014
When will the AFL realise that the fans and players want the game to remain the physical one it always has been. Ban thugs not fair players— Mark Ricciuto (@markricciuto) May 6, 2014
Lol— Allen Christensen (@achristensen_28) May 6, 2014
Club incorporate new training drill highlights 'pivoting on left foot to avoid contact'. Sandilands discontentedly walks off track. #viney— Robert Shaw (@shawry_analyst) May 6, 2014
Can't bump? Kids can't tackle. Kids can't play to win. Might as well go and play a violin because there is no contact #thisisajoke— Tex Walker (@texwalker13) May 6, 2014
— Daniel Harford (@HarfSerious) May 6, 2014
NOW: Leigh Matthews with on #Viney. "I put it somewhere b/w accidental and negligent. I probably would've given him ... points (not weeks)"— 3AW Football (@3AWisfootball) May 6, 2014
Step sideways and avoid contact.. PLEASE.. #viney— Brad Green (@bradgreen18) May 6, 2014
"I think last night's decision by the tribunal has caused a fair bit of uncertainty amongst the players just regarding their ability to brace themselves in the contest, and it's important in our view that they also have a form of protection given the nature of our game and it just doesn't feel right that decision, we're concerned that the uncertainty potentially leads to the wrong message being sent to players in that they can't protect themeslves in the contest and therefore could even increase the risk of players receiving head injuries." -Former Carlton player and acting AFLPA CEO Ian Prendergast speaking to SEN on Wednesday morning. "The minute the ball hits the ground, that could have come back to Viney, so he was within his rights to travel with the momentum that he was. After that, I don't know what his alternatives were, other than to brace. He's a kid who got his jaw broken two years ago in his first VFL game, I think, probably from similar contact."- Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley appearing on Fox Footy's AFL 360 on Tuesday night "It wasn't disappointing, it was a Barry Crocker. The kid now when he comes back to footy, he's going to say, am I allowed to make contact?"- Bulldogs great Doug Hawkins speaking to SEN on Wednesday morning "I'm staggered by this, and I think the game's changed forever now."- Former North Melbourne midfielder and and AFL analyst David King on Fox Footy's AFL 360 program on Tuesday night "I don't reckon there's a worse situation than when you know a teammate is behind an opponent and theres impact coming there. We're creatures of habit, if someone's coming at you at that ferocity and they're big bodies, you're going to brace." - Former Docker and Saint Heath Black speaking to SEN on Wednesday morning "If you've played the game right through junior footy and into your senior career it's in your instinct to go for a bump. It's been part of the game and it's not easy just to suddenly change when you're out there in the heat of the battle. that it doesn't cost you a final, a Grand Final, because that's when it really matters." - Former Richmond champion Matthew Richardson speaking on 3AW on Tuesday night