Umpires

AFL

Summit on holding-the-ball rule as umpires boss admits Monfries decision was wrong

AFL football operations manager Mark Evans says greater clarity is needed on how much time players have to get rid of the ball before they are penalised.

Emma Quayle The AFL will invite coaches to debate and help clarify the most-debated rule of the year - holding the ball - at an end-of-season summit with umpires and the rules committee.

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Umpires - Don't blame us for your game

Michael Gleeson AFL director of umpiring Wayne Campbell says uncontested play, not poor umpiring, was the reason for the low number of free kicks during the tedious Queen's Birthday match between Collingwood and...

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Scott Pendlebury confused by umpires, Chris Scott more sympathetic

Once again, umpires are under the gun.

Peter Hanlon As the holding the ball rule continues to spark confusion and frustration across the football spectrum, Collingwood captain Scott Pendlebury has added his criticism and Geelong coach Chris Scott...

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Carlton coach Mick Malthouse calls for respect between players and umpires

Mick Malthouse wants relations between players and umpires to be like those in rugby union.

Jon Pierik Carlton coach Mick Malthouse says skipper Marc Murphy was disrespected by an AFL umpire, declaring relations between players and the game’s adjudicators needs major improvement.

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Umpires face thankless task in the grey areas - bagging them won't help

Peter Hanlon dinkus

Peter Hanlon Carlton lost to Geelong last Friday night because the umpires missed a blatant free kick. Sounds familiar, but there's something missing. Let's have another go.

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Ross Lyon says umpires partly to blame for congestion

The Fremantle coach has been particularly concerned about the relaxation of the copping of arms in a contest.

Michael Gleeson Ross Lyon, the coach whose sides have often been accused of contributing to ugly play, has sheeted home some of the blame for unsightly congestion to the umpires.

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Grant Thomas says defensive coaches, not umpires, to blame for congestion

Grant Thomas has criticised Ross Lyon. Digital Image.

Daniel Cherny Former St Kilda coach Grant Thomas has lashed out at comments made by his successor Ross Lyon, accusing the now-Fremantle enforcer and other defence-oriented coaches of being responsible for a...

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AFL umpires cracking down on stoppages

Leigh Montagna, under pressure here from Hawk Bradley Hill, says the umpires are paying closer attention to stoppages.

Roger Vaughan Collingwood tagger Brent Macaffer is right to think the AFL umpires are keeping a closer eye on him.

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Paul Roos gives umpires a spray over Dean Terlich and Stewart Crameri incidents

Paul Roos.

Rohan Connolly Melbourne coach Paul Roos has taken a shot at the umpires in his team’s 16-point loss against the Bulldogs over one free kick that wasn’t paid and one that was.

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Nathan Buckley praises umpires' initiative after impromptu visit to Magpies

Nathan Buckley

Matt Murnane Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley has praised the umpires department for taking the initiative in trying to clear up confusion surrounding certain umpiring interpretations.

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Umpires boss Wayne Campbell criticises fans who booed injured Troy Pannell

Troy Pannell

Daniel Cherny AFL director of umpiring Wayne Campbell has expressed his disappointment at those who booed concussed umpire Troy Pannell off the field on Friday night.

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Umpires should refer on-siren goals upstairs, says Buckley

Josh Jenkins kick the controversial goal.

Emma Quayle Arming the upstairs umpire with the technology required to adjudicate scores on or just after the siren would allow the AFL to avoid a repeat of last week's post-siren goal error according to...

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Umpires heard siren through ear-pieces

Upire calls for full time

Ashley Porter It has been revealed the umpires officiating in last Thursday night's game between Adelaide and Collingwood heard the three-quarter time siren through earpieces.

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Carlton's Troy Menzel deserved a free kick, admits AFL umpires boss Wayne Campbell

Jon Pierik AFL umpiring director Wayne Campbell has admitted it was an error that Carlton’s Troy Menzel was not paid a free kick in the final minute of Friday night’s clash with Geelong at Etihad...

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Footy fans need educating, say AFL umpires

Survey of umpires found they believe they're respected by just one in four fans.

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AFL umpires will be better resourced and more open with the media in bid to win the respect of football fans

Wayne Campbell says the AFL would have new rules broadcast at venues to help educate supporters.

Jon Pierik Most umpires feel they are respected by AFL coaches and players, but not by club supporters and the media.

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Richmond coach Damien Hardwick praises AFL umpires, but ...

Damien Hardwick.

Chloe Saltau The umpires' willingness to put away their whistles has been widely celebrated, and Damien Hardwick is happy with the standard of officiating, but the Richmond coach wouldn't mind a few more free...

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AFL umpires coach didn't like the way Trent Cotchin was treated by Brent Macaffer

Brent Macaffer and Trent Cotchin tussle at the MCG on Friday night

Daniel Cherny It was clearly the most contentious issue to emerge from Friday night's blockbuster, and the senior coach of the AFL umpires admitted he was displeased with the manner in which Richmond captain Trent...

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AFL not influencing umpires on congestion

Wayne Campbell.

Peter Hanlon Umpires are endeavouring to foster flowing football by calling for a ball-up as soon as the ball becomes hopelessly trapped in scrimmages, but are not acting under AFL instruction to combat the...

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Wayne Campbell to replace Jeff Gieschen as umpires' boss

Rohan Connolly Former Richmond captain and current Tigers' official Wayne Campbell is to be announced as the AFL's new director of umpiring, replacing the long-time occupant of the position Jeff Gieschen.