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Saturday, 8 June 2019

AFL forced into another apology for botched review


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The AFL has accepted full responsibility for yet another score review error that occurred during Geelong's 67-point win against Richmond on Friday night.

While the final result was not determined by the error, the disallowed goal to Richmond's Jack Higgins kept the Tigers from stopping the Cats' surge that spanned two quarters.

Following the botched score review, the AFL's General Manager of Football Operations, Steve Hocking, admitted that the league will continue to look at ways to improve the technology.

"The score review system was introduced to correct obvious scoring errors," Hocking said in a statement on Saturday.

Geelong Cats

“In the last fortnight, there have been significant errors made during score reviews that have undermined the confidence of our clubs and the football public in the system.

“The AFL acknowledges that our players, our clubs and our fans are incredibly frustrated by each mistake, and we take full responsibility for them.

“We are committed to ensuring we have the best process and technology available and over the last few months have been examining all possible alternative to improve the score review system.

“We will keep the football public fully informed as we explore avenues to improve the system, such as the potential for a centralised officiating facility covering all venues and matches.

AFL goal review

“In the interim we will continue to engage our score review officials, broadcast and technology partners in ensuring the current system operates as effectively as possible.”

The incident involving Higgins comes just a week after there were two dubious goal review decisions that were both rules as mistakes by the AFL after the fact.

One decision, which saw Fremantle's Michael Walters awarded a goal despite the ball being touched, wound up being the difference between the Dockers and Collingwood.

Following the controversy surrounding the current score review system, there has been talk that the AFL might adopt a 'bunker' style review system similar to that of the NRL.

The AFL has accepted full responsibility for yet another score review error that occurred during Geelong's 67-point win against Richmond on Friday night.

While the final result was not determined by the error, the disallowed goal to Richmond's Jack Higgins kept the Tigers from stopping the Cats' surge that spanned two quarters.

Following the botched score review, the AFL's General Manager of Football Operations, Steve Hocking, admitted that the league will continue to look at ways to improve the technology.

"The score review system was introduced to correct obvious scoring errors," Hocking said in a statement on Saturday.

Geelong Cats

“In the last fortnight, there have been significant errors made during score reviews that have undermined the confidence of our clubs and the football public in the system.

“The AFL acknowledges that our players, our clubs and our fans are incredibly frustrated by each mistake, and we take full responsibility for them.

“We are committed to ensuring we have the best process and technology available and over the last few months have been examining all possible alternative to improve the score review system.

“We will keep the football public fully informed as we explore avenues to improve the system, such as the potential for a centralised officiating facility covering all venues and matches.

AFL goal review

“In the interim we will continue to engage our score review officials, broadcast and technology partners in ensuring the current system operates as effectively as possible.”

The incident involving Higgins comes just a week after there were two dubious goal review decisions that were both rules as mistakes by the AFL after the fact.

One decision, which saw Fremantle's Michael Walters awarded a goal despite the ball being touched, wound up being the difference between the Dockers and Collingwood.

Following the controversy surrounding the current score review system, there has been talk that the AFL might adopt a 'bunker' style review system similar to that of the NRL.

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