'He gives up': Damning vision emerges in AFL umpiring 'disgrace'

Sam Goodwin
·Sports Editor
·3-min read
New vision, pictured here showing the Geelong Cats were wrongly denied a shot at victory.
New vision has emerged after the Geelong Cats were denied a shot at victory over the Swans. Image: AFL360/Getty

Damning footage has emerged that AFL360 co-host Gerard Whatelely claims shows an umpire "gave up" on a controversial call late in Geelong's loss to Sydney on Saturday night.

The AFL admitted that umpires erred by denying Jeremy Cameron a mark and shot at victory in the final seconds of the Cats' two-point loss at the SCG.

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Cameron took a mark near the goal square with six seconds remaining on the clock, but umpires called play-on believing the ball hadn't travelled the required 15 metres.

That meant the Cats were denied a shot at goal and the Swans hung on.

But on Sunday morning the AFL declared the umpires got it wrong and the ball had actually travelled 21.8 metres.

"Upon video review this morning we have deemed the ball to have travelled the required distance," Umpires boss Dan Richardson told reporters.

"And should have been paid a mark."

On AFL360 on Monday night, Whateley pointed to new vision that showed the umpire in question made the call way too early.

“The umpire gives up on this ball less than halfway through its trajectory,” Whateley said.

“At 9.2m is the first time he started to call ‘not 15, play on’ for a ball that ended up travelling 21.8m. 

"That’s not the job. The job is to see how far the ball travels and then to estimate whether it went 15m or not.”

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Chris Scott refuses to blame costly mistake for loss

Geelong coach Chris Scott said he knew the ball had travelled 15 metres, but refused to blame the controversial call for the loss.

"I looked at the vision and it's clear," Scott said in his post-match press conference.

"But it's a different perspective for the umpire, he can't go back and replay the vision. They're tough calls.

"I suspect they'll have a look at it and go, 'the Swans made some blues, the Cats made some blues after that then we might have made some blues as well'.

"That's a split-second call and if he made the wrong one, I think we should say 'isn't it surprising that doesn't happen more often given how difficult the job is?'."

Jeremy Cameron, pictured here being denied a mark that could have given Geelong victory over the Swans.
Jeremy Cameron was denied a mark that could have given Geelong victory over the Swans. (Photo by Matt King/AFL Photos/via Getty Images)

The 2011 premiership coach proceeded to query whether it made sense for only some calls to be given such in-depth analysis and explanation by the AFL.

"They have a bit of a recent history of coming out and admitting their mistakes, which is probably the right thing to do," he said.

"It's really difficult to say on one hand - and I think we all agree with this - that umpires don't determine the outcomes of games.

"And say there's a whole range of decisions across the course of the game that could be controversial, so we wouldn't focus on the last one.

"But then go and clarify the last one ... if you are going to explain yourself then explain yourself over the entirety of the game, rather than building pressure on umpires."

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