Requires the AFL to introduce a sin bin have been reignited following a brutal begin to the 2023 season.
Three gamers had been sighted over hip and shoulder hits that left loads of followers and former gamers calling for prolonged bans.
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Melbourne’s Kysaiah Pickett was handed a two-game ban, Sydney’s Lance Franklin was handed a one-game ban whereas Adelaide’s Shane McAdam was despatched on to the AFL Tribunal.
Former Collingwood skipper Scott Pendlebury weighed in over the ugly hits on Monday and mentioned he’d again the league introducing a send-off system much like the NRL.
“Watching the NRL and the stuff like that that occurs, they get sin-binned and I don’t thoughts that for our gamers,” he mentioned on Triple M.
“If Pickett was to get sin-binned, it’s an entire drawback and now you play 17 versus 18 for 10 minutes, then it’s quarter-hour and also you go to no matter.
“These non-football actions I feel we actually must deal with severely and get that out of our recreation.”
Veteran AFL journalist Caroline Wilson responded to Pendlebury’s feedback and mentioned whereas she welcomed the talk matter, it wasn’t the way in which ahead.
“It’s constructive debate however it isn’t the reply. It could simply create a bureaucratic thicket for the AFL when it comes to on subject errors,” Wilson mentioned on 9 Information.
“We don’t wish to decelerate once more. Gamers should be extra accountable fairly frankly. It’s as much as the coaches as properly.
“And the AFL should be extra accountable as properly coming down onerous on gamers who break the principles. I feel they had been fairly smooth on Lance Franklin and Kysaiah Pickett was fortunate to solely get two weeks.”
Mark Robinson teed off on the gamers over the ugly incidents from the weekend and referred to as on the league to implement a hardline stance.
“They’re cheapshots Gerard. Youngsters watching at house, don’t do this. Footy’s a tough recreation, footy’s a tricky recreation to play,” Robinson mentioned on Fox Footy’s AFL 360.
“Leaping off the bottom and hitting individuals who can’t defend themselves, it’s a bit cowardly.
“Franklin has been doing that for 15 years and I’m glad he’s acquired per week. Everybody saying it’s unlucky Buddy would possibly miss, what about it’s unlucky that Sam Collins needed to depart the sphere and get a concussion check. It’s by no means sadly for the people who Franklin hits.
“I’m glad that Michael Christian has upgraded them and I’m glad that there’s a lot dialogue about them.
“Ship the message from the highest by way of all of the leagues, that’s unacceptable and we’re not placing up with it anymore.
Carlton skipper Patrick Cripps was requested for his ideas on the hits delivered by the gamers over the weekend that resulted within the bans.
“You all the time desires to take care of the participant, you by no means wish to see gamers harm and I can assure once you guys performed you by no means needed to see someone injured,” Cripps mentioned on Fox Footy’s On the Sofa.
“It’s a tough one, you need guys going onerous for the ball however there’s additionally an obligation of care once you select to bump.”
After being hit with a category motion lawsuit, the AFL finds itself in unfamiliar territory as previous gamers come ahead with horror tales of declining well being on account of concussions.
Cripps believes the league is doing
“I feel the AFL is doing numerous good things round making an attempt to guard the participant and the analysis and all that.
“It’s the unknown isn’t it. There’s numerous analysis that’s gone again within the day, but it surely’s nonetheless unknown the entire thing and I feel they’re placing measures in place to attempt to defend the gamers’ wellbeing.
“So I feel the AFL is doing all they’ll but it surely’s nonetheless unknown however membership medical doctors and the AFL are doing their half to attempt to assist gamers as a lot as they’ll with it.”