The AFL’s results review system came under heavy fire Thursday night after a controversial decision cost one team dearly.
Football fans were not happy with the results review system on Thursday night after a controversial decision that appeared to cost Brisbane a goal.
In a hotly contested first half against the Western Bulldogs, the ball was in the Lions’ goals box for a shot put.
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When the ball fell, rockman lion Oscar McInerney threw his right leg towards it and kicked the ball through the goal.
Surrounded by the Bulldogs’ Jack McRae and Josh Chachey hands, the judges chose to send the target upstairs for review.
After seeing the footage, the person running the review announced that he had veered off the Bulldogs opponent’s wrist and had been called back.
Fox Footy’s David King checked the footage with viewers and showed it slamming into Macrae’s wrist before bouncing back into McInerney’s leg and then sailing through the big sticks.
“That’s my goal,” said David King.
“This rolls his leg over on his leg and then kicks it with the toe after going through McCray’s hand. He actually kicked it twice…I think they made a huge mistake here.
“I hope the score is not under target.”
King wasn’t the only one stunned by the review’s decision as fans watched the same frustration over the controversial call.
“Hey Sagittarius man…He’s nowhere near ‘left wrist’ (for any Bulldog) when McInerney boots him…Controversy!!!!! Arch Gay hopes you don’t lose Brisbane by a 5 or less,” Brenton Spade of Fox wrote Sports.
“You were hoping ARC would have better angles than viewers can see,” AAP’s Oliver Caffrey wrote.
“How can they get someone in the ARC who can see that but can’t get someone who can almost see footy hitting KO’ed Dion Prestia’s head?” Journalist James Mottershead wrote.
The NFL will breathe a potential sigh of relief with the Lions setting foot down and pulling away in the third quarter behind Charlie Cameron’s stellar play.
Cameron scored two electric goals in the space of five minutes before making up Joe Daneherr with a late-quarter goal as the Lions scored six goals to two.
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