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Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Simpson slams 'ridiculous' block suggestions


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West Coast eagles coach Adam Simpson has canned “ridiculous” suggestions that Collingwood were “robbed” by a missed block late in Saturday’s grand final.

Dom Sheed’s last ditch minute winning goal came under scrutiny after some claimed Willie Rioli had blocked Pies’ defender Brayden Maynard from contesting the mark.

The moment proved a pivotal moment in West Coast’s 79-74 victory over Collingwood and quickly became a point of contention, as Simpson looked to shut down suggestions that the Magpies were “robbed”.

"I really hope that is not that narrative and the story," Simpson said on Fox Footy's On the Couch on Monday night.

"It would be really disappointing if that’s what people focused on. It’s not the number one thing you take out of the grand final.

"There were so many special moments and I think we need to celebrate the game."

"There were free kicks missed like every week... they are not going to get it all right. I know that was a big one and I can’t really tell if that was a free kick or not," he said.

"If it was paid or not paid, we can dissect all these things. Anyone who reports that, it would be really disappointing.

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"I think I might have seen one of the journalists put #robbed. Whether that was just being facetious or not, but clearly that’s a ridiculous statement."

Despite Simpson’s sentiments, a host of pundits have added their voice to Collingwood’s chorus - most recently Carlton legend Robert Walls.

“It was a mark certainly. The question is was it a block? Did Rioli block Maynard? I think he did. I’m happy enough that it wasn’t paid,” Walls said on AFL Tonight.

“I tell you what, if Razor Ray had of been umpiring — he would’ve paid a free kick against Rioli for blocking Maynard’s attempt at the footy.”

Dom Sheed seals the victory

“He (Ryan) blocked for Sheed. They’re smart (footballers), they know how to do that.

“I’m happy enough that it wasn’t paid but as I said, a couple of other umpires if they had the whistle, they would’ve put it in their mouth.”

West Coast eagles coach Adam Simpson has canned “ridiculous” suggestions that Collingwood were “robbed” by a missed block late in Saturday’s grand final.

Dom Sheed’s last ditch minute winning goal came under scrutiny after some claimed Willie Rioli had blocked Pies’ defender Brayden Maynard from contesting the mark.

The moment proved a pivotal moment in West Coast’s 79-74 victory over Collingwood and quickly became a point of contention, as Simpson looked to shut down suggestions that the Magpies were “robbed”.

"I really hope that is not that narrative and the story," Simpson said on Fox Footy's On the Couch on Monday night.

"It would be really disappointing if that’s what people focused on. It’s not the number one thing you take out of the grand final.

"There were so many special moments and I think we need to celebrate the game."

"There were free kicks missed like every week... they are not going to get it all right. I know that was a big one and I can’t really tell if that was a free kick or not," he said.

"If it was paid or not paid, we can dissect all these things. Anyone who reports that, it would be really disappointing.

https://twitter.com/Robbo_heraldsun/status/1046244473749958657

"I think I might have seen one of the journalists put #robbed. Whether that was just being facetious or not, but clearly that’s a ridiculous statement."

Despite Simpson’s sentiments, a host of pundits have added their voice to Collingwood’s chorus - most recently Carlton legend Robert Walls.

“It was a mark certainly. The question is was it a block? Did Rioli block Maynard? I think he did. I’m happy enough that it wasn’t paid,” Walls said on AFL Tonight.

“I tell you what, if Razor Ray had of been umpiring — he would’ve paid a free kick against Rioli for blocking Maynard’s attempt at the footy.”

Dom Sheed seals the victory

“He (Ryan) blocked for Sheed. They’re smart (footballers), they know how to do that.

“I’m happy enough that it wasn’t paid but as I said, a couple of other umpires if they had the whistle, they would’ve put it in their mouth.”

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