Brisbane Lions premiership coach Leigh Matthews has described Thursday night’s controversial score review as “disturbing” as criticism of the decision continues to mount.
In the dying minutes, Tom Lynch’s shot sailed over the keeper and the goalkeeper made a soft call that it was a goal. However, after a video replay, it was ruled a backhand hit to the post, meaning in theory the reviewer had enough evidence to overturn the call.
The AFL finalized the decision after Friday night’s two-point loss to the Tigers, but Richmond coach Damien Hardwick took issue with the system, which he called “indecisive”, arguing how much – if any – of Lynch’s reaction to the shot was a factor in the referee’s decision.
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Speaking on Channel Seven after the game, AFL journalist Tom Brown said: “I was told tonight by a reliable source that they look at the player’s reaction as a guide and then look at the evidence.”
That list left panelist and Richmond great Matthew Richardson wondering on social media, along with many commentators.
Matthews, speaking on 3AW on Friday, was also troubled by the call.
“It’s a bit disturbing to be honest, because you want it to be clear, don’t you… Sometimes you hope that the reviewing officer has a better view than we do or a more conclusive view than we have,” he said.
“For me, no, it was not concluded and so it was a big decision to overrule the referees.”
Lions coach Chris Fagan said he was confused by the decision by the scorer.