Sydney Swans defeat Richmond Tigers, no 50m penalty against Chad Warner for kicking ball into SCG crowd, rule, reaction

One of the AFL’s best games of 2022 so far ended in chaotic and controversial circumstances after a referee’s decision not to give Swan Chad Warner a 50m penalty left the players stunned Tigers and divided a fiery soccer world.

As Sydney trailed Richmond by six points in the dying seconds of Friday night’s game, Tigers star Dion Prestia earned a free kick after being held up from a save on the wing.

But it seems Warner didn’t hear the referee’s whistle, as it came less than a second before the final siren sounded.

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Circumstances meant that a jubilant Warner, who was one of the best players on the pitch, kicked the ball high into the SCG stand.

This prompted calls from Richmond players and the commentary box for a 50m penalty.

“He threw the ball over the fence, it should be 50!” Channel 7 commentator Brian Taylor said

“There are no excuses he doesn’t know.”

Under the eyes of the players, a conversation between the referees then took place on the field.

Referee John Howorth appeared to seek clarification from colleague Brendan Hosking, via the referee’s microphone system, on the location of the free kick and, crucially, whether a 50m penalty should be paid.

Dylan Grimes of the Tigers questions the referee after the siren. Picture: Dylan BurnsSource: Getty Images

Howorth asked: “He kicked the ball into the crowd after the free kick…50m I think?”

However, Hosking and nine-time Grand Final referee Matt Stevic were later heard through the referees’ microphones saying “no, no”. One said: “He (Warner) couldn’t hear the whistle.”

Howorth replied, “That’s why I ask the question. Are we satisfied with this?

Howorth then approached Prestia and explained why he should take his kick between the wing and the forward and not be advanced 50m.

“He couldn’t hear the free kick. It’s just common sense, okay? Howorth said.

Prestia’s spot kick, inevitably, landed well short of the goal and the Swans hung on to win by six runs.

Coincidentally, it was Warner who netted the ball from Prestia’s kick and ensured there was no impossible, fluky bounce for a Richmond goal.

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sun herald Journalist Jon Ralph told Fox Footy that “it might have been the most chaotic 20 seconds of the season so far.”

Richmond superstars Dustin Martin and Jack Riewoldt were both seen having heated conversations with the referees after the match.

Warner told Channel 7 after the game that he “obviously didn’t know it was a free-kick”, adding: “Otherwise I wouldn’t have done it.”

Both coaches chose not to pass judgment on the final post-match.

When asked if he had time to break down the chain of events around the final siren, Richmond’s Damien Hardwick told reporters: ‘I haven’t. It’s not my job. There are people on the ground who make those decisions.

“We’re probably like everyone else, we weren’t sure how it was going to turn out. I therefore leave it to you to discover and understand.

“It’s irrelevant (what I think should have happened)… We can watch that last incident, but the thing is, we were ahead by 30 points. It’s easy to watch the last game, but we should have frozen the game.

Asked to comment on the incident, Swans manager John Longmire told reporters: “I don’t know. I heard there was a paid waiting free kick at the same time as the siren, so I don’t know what happened. You should probably ask someone else, but that’s what I heard.

Chad Warner and Callum Mills of the Swans. Photo: Cameron SpencerSource: Getty Images

Swans star Callum Mills told Fox Footy after the game: “‘Ramps’ (Dane Rampe) said it was going to be 50 and I started going, ‘Oh no.’ It was good that it wasn’t a 50. »

The incident divided opinion across the AFL world.

Melbourne champion Garry Lyon told Fox Footy after the game “technically the 50 was there”, but three-time Premier Lion Jonathan Brown said the referees weren’t “as strict as before when a player cleared the ball”.

“According to the trend in how they officiate when players push the ball away after a whistle, they normally don’t pay a 50m penalty,” Brown told Fox Footy.

Many fans and commentators thought a 50m penalty should have been paid.

“He kicked a ball and by the time the free kick was paid the game was still live,” said three-time All-Australian Nick Dal Santo. Fox Footy Live. “The kick was after the siren, but the moment of the free kick was paid before (the siren).

“So whether he thinks it was his (free-kick) or not, if it’s at another point in the game, (it’s a free-kick).

“I like that it’s a common sense call, but we don’t live by common sense. It’s not done enough.”

Ralph added: “It’s not really up to the umpire to decide the state of mind of a player throwing that ball. I think it is up to him to make a very strict interpretation of it.

“Of course there will be some discretion there. All I would say is if it’s in any other part of the field and with time on the clock at any other stage of a quarter, it’s a penalty of 50 Mr.

“Look, that probably would have been the bravest call of the season.”

Others thought it was the right choice.

“We have been asking referees to use common sense for years. Technically it was a 50m penalty, but the referee used common sense – and I don’t think it should have been a 50m penalty,” said three-time premier forward Cameron Mooney . Fox Footy Live.

“I think the referee made the right decision.”

Seven-time All-Australian Nathan Buckley praised the whistleblowers for showing “common sense officiating”.

“I thought it was well judged. I took the time to communicate through the mics and headphones and came to the right conclusion,” Buckley told Fox Footy.

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