Collingwood president Jeff Brown has suggested the club may seek clarity from the AFL over the refereeing of Jack Ginnivan after controversial comments from Mason Redman on Sunday.
The AFL this week sought to clarify the rules on high contact, reiterating that players who duck, drop or raise their shoulders to attract high contact will not receive a penalty. Killed this season by Collingwood young gun Jack Geneva.
Sunday’s thrilling clash between Collingwood and Essendon saw Redman collect Ginnivan over the shoulder, but there was no penalty awarded by the referee.
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The decision caused an uproar on social media and was a talking point after the game, with Collingwood great Tony Shaw furious at Guinevan’s refereeing.
“I’m biased but anyone can be, I just thought it was disgraceful how this lad was being treated,” Shaw said in a post-match interview with Brown on 3AW.
“Not only on the field, but a little bit off the field… I think he’s the poster child for this meaning.” I think it’s wrong.
We know the referees have been told the meaning but to me it doesn’t look like this lad was hung up but he is the one they are watching and I think it must be very difficult for the club to go to them and say this is unfair. What will happen in the future and what will happen to the judge with such a decision?
“I think it’s become personal.”
Brown said some decisions “may go for you and against you,” but the incident with Redman “sticks” to him and needs an explanation.
“I don’t know if it’s personal, but it’s clearly the directive and it was applied incorrectly in this case,” he said.
“We need to talk about this.”
Former Hawthorns star Ben Dixon was one of many who believed Guinevere’s refereeing was different from any other player now.
“We’re judging individuals now, not players,” he said on Fox’s First Crack.
“As such, the work of judges is very difficult…. The decision was pure confusion, I didn’t know, so I didn’t blow the whistle. That was all.
“There’s no way to judge in that time frame and that speed is set to fall on what’s being seen now.”
Co-host David King dubbed it “the rule of the few”, while Carlton AFLW coach Daniel Harford told RSN: “It’s being handled differently. It is clear that it is being handled in a completely different way now. How can one player fare differently from other opponents? It is not acceptable.
Ginnivan’s teammate Mason Cox posted a video of Redman’s tackle with the caption: “There were wild balls in the game to keep the players healthy and now they’re looking down on a 19-year-old kid.” How can we think ‘AFL cares about concussions and high contact’ after this.