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Two AFL timekeepers stood down

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The AFL has stood down two timekeepers and apologised to Fremantle and Gold Coast after a "significant" mistake during Saturday's close match.

The league confirmed on Monday that an extra 39 seconds were played late in the match which the Dockers won by seven points.

Fortunately for the AFL, the error did not affect the result as Fremantle's Tendai Mzungu kicked the last goal with only one second left.

The Dockers were already in front with 39 seconds to go.

The league confirmed in a statement that the time clock was not restarted at a field bounce with seven minutes and 55 seconds left in the last quarter.

"The clock was correctly stopped for a field bounce, but was not re-started as required when the umpire bounced the ball and there was 39 seconds of play until another stoppage occurred," the AFL said.

"From this point, the clock was operated correctly until the final siren, meaning an additional 39 seconds of match time was played.

"Both timekeepers have been assessed and marked accordingly on their match performance, which will see them not eligible for selection for upcoming matches in Queensland."

AAP

18 comments

  • What a load of drivel as if 39 seconds of ball fiddling would make any difference

    The Antifootball League watches available if they are required.

    They have many benifits over the standard watch. These watches allow the user time to take it easy , read a book, walk in the park and not worry about which teams are playing whom.

    Commenter
    sven
    Location
    Toorak
    Date and time
    May 07, 2012, 5:12PM
    • And you wasted your precious time readig and commenting because your life is so full?

      Commenter
      Wazza
      Date and time
      May 07, 2012, 5:45PM
    • Football should be on the back page of The Age.

      It is not news, its just a game

      Commenter
      sven
      Location
      Toorak
      Date and time
      May 07, 2012, 5:57PM
    • Sven, While I am sure that you require much less than 39seconds of ball fiddling to reach a desired outcome, I fail to see why you would read & comment on a football article when you obviously couldn't care less. Is it presumptuous of me to assume that you take pleasure in writing negative comments about topics of complete disinterest to you?

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      Sean
      Location
      Utrecht
      Date and time
      May 07, 2012, 6:45PM
    • There is always one wise guy that has to come along and use his clever wisdom to point out why the article is a load of drivel. Thank you for bringing your higher intelligence to this article.

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      Jonny
      Location
      Melbourne
      Date and time
      May 07, 2012, 7:18PM
    • Jonny and Sean

      Thankyou for you opinion… and here is mine

      It's not so much the game I dislike, it is actually the way a little marginal sport played by a few men of less than average intelligence permeates the media, the conversation at the coffee machine and life in general in Melbourne.

      Surely there are more interesting things to write about.

      Why not voice a dislike on a football blog.

      Commenter
      Sven
      Location
      Toorak
      Date and time
      May 07, 2012, 8:00PM
  • Pity the AFL wont concede that field umpires screw up too, they do influence the results.

    Commenter
    prickly
    Location
    melb
    Date and time
    May 07, 2012, 5:27PM
    • @ sven
      Apparently these watches also allow the user time to read football articles such as this one.

      Commenter
      Watcher465
      Date and time
      May 07, 2012, 5:41PM
      • They should also stand down that clown, Matthew Nicholls for his woeful umpiring efforts in this game.

        Did a lot more damage than the time, he cost Gold Coast the match.

        Commenter
        mark
        Date and time
        May 07, 2012, 6:48PM
        • So it is Okay to stand down timekeepers for mistakes. But the Umpires for the Collingwood V Bulldogs won't be after that woeful display of officiating???

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          bwphantom
          Date and time
          May 07, 2012, 7:10PM

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