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Saturday, 23 March 2019

Dangerfield slams AFL's contentious sliding rule


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Geelong's Brownlow Medallist Patrick Dangerfield has opened up on his frustration surrounding the AFL's hotly-debated 'sliding rule'.

Dangerfield was on hand to provide expert commentary during Seven's coverage of the Western Bulldogs' clash against the Sydney Swans and vented when the rule gifted young Bulldog Ed Richards a goal in the first quarter.

"I understand the rule, but gee I despise it," Dangerfield said.

"It was initially brought in to stop guys having their legs broken. By the letter of the law that is a free kick, but at the moment as a player it's so frustrating, because you want to go after the ball.

Patrick Dangerfield

"You really are in two minds as a player here. You've been taught as a junior to just chase the footy, and now it's just hard."

Dangerfield's contention was supported by Collingwood skipper Scott Pendlebury who took to Twitter to voice his own opinion on the rule.

https://twitter.com/SP_10/status/1109373262406914051?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

"The sliding rule should be if your (sic) second into the contest and take the legs of the guy over the ball out," Pendlebury tweeted.

Richmond legend and Seven commentator Matthew Richardson explained how the rule had been "over-officiated" by the umpires after it was brought in.

"The umpire's only officiating it how he should be, but I think it's evolved into something that it wasn't intended to be at the start," Richardson said.

Geelong's Brownlow Medallist Patrick Dangerfield has opened up on his frustration surrounding the AFL's hotly-debated 'sliding rule'.

Dangerfield was on hand to provide expert commentary during Seven's coverage of the Western Bulldogs' clash against the Sydney Swans and vented when the rule gifted young Bulldog Ed Richards a goal in the first quarter.

"I understand the rule, but gee I despise it," Dangerfield said.

"It was initially brought in to stop guys having their legs broken. By the letter of the law that is a free kick, but at the moment as a player it's so frustrating, because you want to go after the ball.

Patrick Dangerfield

"You really are in two minds as a player here. You've been taught as a junior to just chase the footy, and now it's just hard."

Dangerfield's contention was supported by Collingwood skipper Scott Pendlebury who took to Twitter to voice his own opinion on the rule.

https://twitter.com/SP_10/status/1109373262406914051?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

"The sliding rule should be if your (sic) second into the contest and take the legs of the guy over the ball out," Pendlebury tweeted.

Richmond legend and Seven commentator Matthew Richardson explained how the rule had been "over-officiated" by the umpires after it was brought in.

"The umpire's only officiating it how he should be, but I think it's evolved into something that it wasn't intended to be at the start," Richardson said.

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