'No excuses': AFL world divided over controversial siren drama

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Richmond arguing with the umpire over a potential 50m penalty (pictured right) and Chad Warner (pictured left) kicking the ball into the crowd after the siren.
AFL fans were divided on whether Richmond should have been awarded a 50m penalty (pictured right) after Chad Warner (pictured left) kicked the ball into the crowd after the siren. (Images: Fox Sports/Getty Images)

The AFL world has been left divided after fans called for Richmond to be awarded a 50m penalty after Chad Warner booted the ball into the crowd after the siren sounded.

The Swans overran the Tigers with 10 goals to three in a second-half surge after trailing by as much as 33 points to prevail 16.10 (106) to 15.10 (100) on Friday night.

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Dion Prestia was awarded a free kick as the siren sounded and had a shot at goal that could have levelled the scores but was too far out to be a realistic chance to score.

The Tigers midfielder would have had the shot from within range if a 50m penalty was paid against Warner for booting the ball into the crowd after the siren sounded, but the whistle had blown for a free kick to Prestia a split second earlier.

However, many fans felt the penalty should have been awarded regardless of the siren.

According to SEN reporter Sam Edmund, the AFL ruled that the umpires had made the correct call.

Despite the ruling, the AFL world was left divided over the call.

“He’s kicked the ball over the fence it should be 50!” Channel 7 commentator Brian Taylor said.

“There’s no excuses that he doesn’t know.”

Others thought it was the right call, considering the siren had sounded.

The umpires did spot the act during the chaos and John Howorth asked: “He kicked the ball into the crowd after the free kick … 50m I think?”

But Brendan Hosking and experienced umpire Matt Stevic were heard saying "nah, nah".

One of the umpires was overheard claiming: " “He (Warner) couldn’t hear the whistle.”

Howorth replied: “That’s why I’m asking the question. Are we happy with that?”

The umpire then approached Prestia and said why he wasn't marching 50m.

“He couldn’t have heard the free kick. It’s just common sense, OK?” Howorth added.

Lance Franklin shines for the Swans

Franklin received the Goodes-O'Loughlin Medal as best afield in the annual Marn Grook match at the SCG, the second time he has won the award, while Warner (27 disposals) continued his outstanding form and Luke Parker (26 touches, one goal) was also influential.

Co-captain Callum Mills (20) was a key to the second-half turnaround as a loose player in defence after the Swans leaked 11 goals to half-time despite leading the inside 50 count 32-22.

The Tigers resembled their premiership-winning best early as they played with frenetic intensity and kicked seven unanswered goals either side of quarter-time.

Jayden Short (22 disposals, two goals) and Prestia (24, one goal) led the way for the Tigers while Cotchin (25 touches) was inspirational throughout especially when standing under a Franklin leap late in the game and copping a heavy knock.

"It was an unbelievable act and it probably sums him up. He was always going to go,"

Tigers coach Damien Hardwick said. "People can look at kicks, marks and handballs but you look at things like that, that's what makes him the great player that he is. It was a solid hit, so he did well to finish the game and contribute as well."

with AAP

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