Unhappy: Swan Adam Goodes last Friday. Photo: Getty Images
THE AFL umpiring department has given the tick to one of two controversial decisions in last Friday's Sydney-Geelong game.
The weekly review agreed with the umpire's view that Adam Goodes played on after marking in the third quarter.
But the review found Corey Enright should have been called to play on during the final quarter, a non-decision that resulted in a 50-metre penalty on Sydney's Sam Reid.
Although Goodes shaped to handball, it was his positioning that prompted the play-on call by umpire Dean Margetts.
''He takes the mark, he turns and pivots, then takes two or three shuffling steps forward of his mark,'' said umpires' director Jeff Gieschen.
''He didn't go sideways off his mark, but as soon as he went forward of his mark, the umpire called play on. It wasn't about shaping to handball. If you're on your line, you can actually shape to handball.''
With the Reid 50-metre penalty, the umpires' coaches deemed that umpire Shane McInerney should have called Enright to play on.
Thus, while the 50-metre penalty was technically correct, they believed Reid was unlucky.
''He [Enright] ran about three steps to his right,'' said Gieschen.
''Our umpire should've gone 'bang' straight away, 'play on'. Sam Reid took matters into his own hands. We've been encouraging our umpires to be proactive in calling play-on. If we don't, and the guy wanders off, it's not fair on the guy on the mark. He's losing his right to put pressure on that bloke.''