Former Collingwood boss Eddie McGuire has launched a shocking plan to revolutionise the AFL’s officiating system that features banning centre bounces and eliminating boundary and objective umpires.
Underneath his proposal to make match officers the league’s ’nineteenth crew’, umpires can be paid at the very least $300,000 a 12 months to draw one of the best individuals for the job, with 4 of them positioned across the floor for each sport in a grid sample.
4 extra officers can be positioned across the objectives to make sure scores are given appropriately, and likewise award free kicks, with steps taken to cease umpires and gamers speaking to one another as a lot as they at the moment do.
Umpires can be paid $300,000 a 12 months, have their garments modernised to look extra skilled and be handled just like the AFL’s nineteenth crew if McGuire’s proposal turns into actuality
Centre bounces can be a factor of the previous beneath the unconventional plan, which might additionally do away with objective and boundary umpires
McGuire’s radical plan has already been put to the AFL and comes throughout big controversy about 50-metre penalties being given for umpire dissent.
‘If we’re truthful dinkum about exhibiting respect, let’s make umpires just like the nineteenth crew and make them a much bigger a part of this competitors,’ McGuire informed the Herald Solar.
‘Let’s pay them accordingly, after which let’s demand the output that somebody on $300,000 wants to provide.’
Eliminating centre bounces – probably probably the most divisive transfer – is designed to take away the component of probability bouncing the ball produces, leading to fewer accidents and extra predictability for umpires and gamers.
McGuire stated all of the gamers and umpires he has spoken to again the bounce ban.
McGuire’s proposal comes throughout an avalanche of criticism about the way in which the umpire dissent rule is being enforced, particularly after a 50-metre penalty in spherical six’s Hawthorn vs Geelong match (pictured) noticed big-name consultants model the scenario a disaster
He added that the league makes use of 99 umpires every spherical, however solely 27 of them will pay free kicks – a quantity which might be vastly elevated if his system is adopted.
Even the officers’ garments can be modified if McGuire will get his means – he needs their gear to be up to date so they appear extra skilled.
Spherical 5 prompted an avalanche of criticism of the way in which umpires are implementing the dissent rule this 12 months, particularly in relation to gamers holding their arms out as they query a ruling.
Main commentator Mark Robinson was so incensed by a 50-metre penalty given towards Hawthorn when two gamers made the gesture as they checked out a big-screen replay that he stated the sport might as properly be performed by ‘robots’ as a result of all of the emotion has been taken out of the game.
Some gamers who method umpires about doubtful selections with their arms out (pictured) are being penalised whereas others are getting off scot free
‘That is disgraceful. That is the worst remark I’ve ever heard an umpire make in my time in soccer – even earlier than my time as a result of I’ve watched quite a lot of TV and soccer: “Arms out, 50metres,”‘ Robinson stated.
He was joined in slamming each the rule and its software by different high footy minds like Garry Lyon, Cameron Ling and Jonathan Brown, who’re calling for extra consistency round enforcement.
‘We’re sitting right here at Fox Footy and I counted up about 1800 video games of expertise and I went round and requested everybody they usually all had steam popping out of their ears. There’s a disaster,’ Lyon stated.