Justin Leppitsch. Photo: Getty Images
BRISBANE The AFL coach who has benefited most out of this week's match review panel controversies believes the judicial system must be overhauled.
Brisbane Lions coach Justin Leppitsch says the current numbers-based system is inconsistent, lacks commonsense and often fails to add up.
Leppitsch encouraged an intended post-season review as he declared "everyone" wanted change.
"To a man, I think most people think the consistency is not there and only because it's based around points and less commonsense," he said on Thursday.
Leppitsch admitted the Lions were extremely fortunate not to have Daniel Merrett rubbed out for a reckless late shot which broke the nose of Melbourne's Cam Pedersen.
Merrett was reported for his clumsy spoil, where his left forearm struck Pedersen well after the Demon marked the ball.
The MRP spared the burly key-position Lion, saying he had eyes for the ball and caught Pedersen in a legitimate spoiling attempt.
"I probably expected him to miss maybe one, maybe two from what I saw," Leppitsch laughed.
"There's plenty of people calling for some change for the MRP next year and sometimes the numbers just don't add up.
"I guess it's human beings and case-by-case and when you're dealing with just numbers mistakes can happen both for the good and the bad."
Merrett's controversial escape comes after the MRP charged Geelong star Steve Johnson with kneeing Scott Thompson in the ribs before the Cats successfully contested with the three-man tribunal finding insufficient force.
There's also been a furore surrounding the two-week suspension of Richmond's Reece Conca, which has drawn questionable comparisons with Fremantle midfielder Nat Fyfe's two-week ban earlier this season.
Conca lashed out at Giants youngster Devon Smith as he was heading for the interchange bench while Fyfe, scratched from Brownlow Medal contention, suffered the same punishment for accidental high contact on the Suns' Michael Rischitelli.
Leppitsch admitted Merrett - suspended earlier this year for another crude, high strike on David Swallow - had a technique problem he needed to fix.
"He's done that a few times and I know Daniel, it's not borne out of intent, if he would have used his right arm instead of his left we wouldn't be discussing it," he said.
"There's some technique stuff there.
"It was almost `I'm late what do I do?'. You don't want to be clumsy at 105kg."