'Wrong and unfair': AFL world erupts over 'crazy' proposal

·Sports Reporter
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Joel Selwood of the Cats competes for the ball against Jordan De Goey of the Magpies during the AFL First Semi Final match.
Joel Selwood of the Cats competes for the ball against Jordan De Goey of the Magpies during the AFL First Semi Final match. (Getty Images)

Veteran AFL reporter Caroline Wilson’s mentioned there has been discussions about changing the rules around spoiling the ball for next season didn’t quite sit well with her Footy Classified colleagues.

Wilson claimed the AFL Commission have discussed a change to the rules to when a defender spoils the ball out of bounds.

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This would result in a free kick to the opposition for deliberately knocking the ball out of bounds.

After another season dominated by defence, the move appears to be a step to speed up the game.

But Ross Lyon was against the move and said it was ridiculous to think defenders couldn’t spoil the ball out of bounds.

“What? It‘s the first I’ve heard of it. Why don’t we send the backmen with their arms tied behind their back to let forwards kick the goals as well?“Lyon said on Channel 9’s Footy Classified.

“We want to retain the centre-square bounce because it‘s the fabric of the game, let alone a defender killing the ball. I just don’t understand the rationale behind it.”

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Matthew Lloyd agreed with Lyon saying it handed the attacking team too much protection.

“I‘m with Ross 100 per cent, that’s crazy,” Lloyd said.

“Those guys, what do you want them to do? Punch it down the corridor? That‘s horribly wrong, I’m not sure who would at first present that and then who would deliberate on that.

“That is wrong and unfair on the defenders.”

Port Adelaide will take on Richmond in Friday night’s preliminary final, while Brisbane will clash with Geelong on Saturday.

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