AFL blames tech failure for goal review bungle


“The AFL wishes to advise the goal awarded to Fremantle player Michael Walters in the third quarter of the round 11 match between Collingwood and Fremantle at the MCG has been reviewed,” the league said.

“The score review officer reviewed the vision available at the time and based on this vision supported the umpire’s decision that a goal had been scored.

“Due to technical reasons, the subsequent vision shown by the broadcaster was unavailable to the score review officer at the time of review.

“The AFL acknowledges that based on the additional broadcast vision the ball was touched by Collingwood player Chris Mayne.

“The AFL will continue to improve the score review process to ensure that all vision captured by the broadcaster is available to score review officers at the time of the review.”

Later, AFL football boss Steve Hocking told Channel Seven the league would review the system. “Of course,” he said. “That’s the professional thing to do.”

Mayne was adamant he had touched the kick. “I definitely touched it. I was a bit shocked,” he said. “[Fremantle forward] Jesse Hogan was saying it was touched, funnily enough … but there are moments throughout a whole game that come and go and in the end they were good enough to keep going for harder and longer.”

Walters later kicked the winning goal for the Dockers, for the second week in a row.

Neither Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley nor Dockers counterpart Ross Lyon were keen to dwell on the incident following the game on Saturday.

“There didn’t seem to be a really thorough review on it. So the umpires were either really clear on it that it wasn’t touched or it wasn’t looked at externally. I’m not sure why it wasn’t looked at closer,” Buckley said.

“It’s probably a bit topical right now, isn’t it? We didn’t deserve to win today so you guys can look at the minutiae for me.”

Lyon shared similar sentiments.

“The space I sit in is you get the rub of the green and you don’t get the rub of the green,” Lyon said.

“I haven’t reviewed it. I don’t know, when I was a kid my dad said the umpire’s call is final. That’s in the vault, it’s never going to be changed. That’s what I know.”

Daniel is an Age sports reporter

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