Melbourne young gun Clayton Oliver has drawn the ire of footy fans after being put down by a bump away from the ball in Friday night’s AFL semi-final at the MCG.
A free kick was paid against Tom Mitchell, who jogged from some distance to apply the hit, but it was Oliver who was criticised for his role in the incident.
“I’m not sure you want to be dropping there. It’s not a good look,” Tigers great Matthew Richardson said on Channel 7.
Hawks legend Dermott Brereton described the entire exchange as a “silly thing to do” and felt the umpires were having too much impact on the game.
Oliver’s supposed exaggeration didn’t go down well with the punters, including Collingwood’s Taylor Adams:
That’s not a free kick.
— Taylor Adams (@taylor_adams13) September 14, 2018
— Deon Laubscher (@DeonLaub) September 14, 2018
— David Anderson (@davenclaw) September 14, 2018
— Nathan Coy (@nathancoy88) September 14, 2018
Clayton Oliver dropping like a sack of potato’s, must of had a chat to Rance on how to do it so good 😂😂#AFLHawksDees
— Damian wallace (@Waldog29) September 14, 2018
We all know Clayton Oliver is a flog, known flopper. Soft as butter. #AFLHawksDees
— Cam & Dug (@SeeArePe) September 14, 2018
— Dave (@Dave_Stree) September 14, 2018
Some viewers, however, saw two sides to the debate.
Oliver may have sold the bump, but why did Mitchell think the collision was worth it?
Given the umpires spotted the hit, these fans might have a point:
Complain about the dive but Oliver can't award himself a free kick…umpire is complicit. #AFLHawksDees
— Marty (@cragleB) September 14, 2018
Oliver may have gone down easily, but that was ENTIRELY the fault of Tom Mitchell… #AFLHawksDees
— Warren Football (@warren_football) September 14, 2018
Well done Oliver, Mitchell stupid who cares if it wasnt solid contact shouldn’t have done it #AFLHawksDees
— Dash (@djl8on) September 14, 2018
Everyone is saying Oliver flopped but why did Tom Mitchell out to bump him in the first place?? Unnecessary stuff #AFLHawksDees
— Alex Docherty (@TheAlexDocherty) September 14, 2018
However, it’s not the first time Oliver has come under fire for staging.
In 2017 he was heavily criticised for falling after being hit by Will Schofield, who was reported and cited by the match review panel before beating the striking charge at the tribunal.
— AFL (@AFL) June 24, 2017
Earlier in the semi-final at the MCG, Mitchell was injured by a legal bump from Neville Jetta: