Wayne Carey blows up at AFL's 'absolute disgrace'

Wayne Carey has blasted the AFL over a rule he says could cost a team the premiership.

Footy fans were up in arms on Friday night after the league’s controversial sliding rule reared its ugly head.

Demons stars Jordan Lewis and Angus Brayshaw were both pinged for making contact below the knees of an opponent when they dived in to win the ball in seperate incidents.

“They’ve gone berserk on this rule, they’ve gone berserk,” Brian Taylor said in commentary during the game.

Jordan Lewis was pinged. Image: Channel 7

And on Monday night, Carey absolutely blew up over the divisive rulings.

“These two decisions were absolutely disgraceful, this could have cost Melbourne the game,” he said on Channel 7’s Talking Footy.

“Hawthorn are coming here and that Brayshaw one, he is going for the footy. Same with Jordan Lewis, he’s going for the footy and already on his knees.

“What players are becoming, and Jack Gunston is a perfect example of it, they’re becoming very smart.

“They know now when the players there and over the footy, they run in and make the player hit them with contact below the knees.

Wayne Carey isn’t happy. Image: Channel 7

“This rule came in for players sliding on the ground with their knees into the lower leg, they’re not interpreting it.

“If a player’s head hits below the knees and they’re not sliding in, they’re just going for the footy, if that’s a free kick; if they don’t change this rule now or interpret it differently.”

Luke Darcy agreed that the rule change was a huge “over-reaction”.

“I agree with you Duck, I think it was the biggest over-reaction rule change. It was for one incident that we saw for Gary Rohan,” Darcy said.

“It’s been the worst rule change we’ve had in a number of years.”

Fans and former players were also highly critical of the free kicks on Friday night.

Host of the show Luke Darcy backed up the thoughts of Carey and believes the rule change was a huge “over-reaction”.

“I agree with you Duck, I think it was the biggest over-reaction rule change. It was for one incident that we saw for Gary Rohan,” Luke Darcy said.

“It’s been the worst rule change we’ve had in a number of years.”