UPDATE, 4:30pm: The AFL has posted a statement on their official Twitter account, declaring incorrect footage was not used to review Brody Mihocek’s shot at goal.
Fans and commentators at the time believed the score reviewers had used incorrect footage to come to a determination in Collingwood’s clash with Melbourne.
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The AFL refuted that suggestion, saying the incorrect footage was shown because of an error by the broadcaster.
The score review official reviewed this vision of B. Mihocek’s snap for goal in the first quarter of today’s match at the MCG. An angle from an earlier contest involving J. Roughead was incorrectly aired by the broadcaster but this vision was not used during the review process. pic.twitter.com/jMugzTseFj— AFL House (@AFL_House) August 10, 2019
Fans thought the umpires reviewed the wrong footage, examining the play one kick earlier, where Magpies forward Jordan Roughead’s own snap at goal was deflected a Demons defender and into the arms of Mihocek, who then took his own shot.
Commentators on Fox Footy quickly picked up on the error, but it was too little, too late for the umpires, who signalled a behind.
While the bizarre review didn’t hurt the Magpies too much in the short term, with last year’s grand finalists holding a three goal lead at half-time, fans were quick to once again pile on the score review system.
That should put a fork in the score review joke, its done surely— Titchie Boy (@BoyTitchie) August 10, 2019
Looking at the wrong vision for the score review. Typical AFL rubbish. Absolute joke of an organisation. Embarrasing #AFLDeesPies— Matt (@mjamon7) August 10, 2019
How moronic are the score review people? How many times are they going to check the wrong footage?!?!— Roman (@CalTurk4) August 10, 2019
Score review is a joke wrong footage was reviewed in pies vs Freo game too this is twice it's happened to us #AFLDeesPies— Chris Whelan (@cjwhelan) August 10, 2019
Magpies fans, in particular, were more irritated than most, as it wasn’t the first time this season that Collingwood were believed to have been on the wrong end of the review system.
Back in round 11 against Fremantle, the Pies were victims of a similar incident, where the reviewing umpire referred to the wrong footage.
A Michael Walters goal was reviewed to check if it had been touched off the boot, but instead the umpires checked to see if it had been touched on the goal line.
It was incorrectly ruled a goal, prompting the AFL to issue a mea culpa in the days following the game.
A near identical incident to the Walters review happened during the West Coast-Western Bulldogs clash that same round, with the incorrect footage again used to determine if the ball was touched on the line, rather than off the boot.