Kane Cornes, Neil Balme join chorus of critics of AFL’s new man on mark rule for season 2021
Footy commentator Kane Cornes has slammed “AFL lawmakers” for the new man on the mark rule, labelling the change “unnecessary”.
Speaking on SEN, Cornes admitted being critical of AFL umpires in the past, but said they weren’t to blame for the rules of the game.
“When I sat down to think about it this week, on the back of even more unnecessary rule changes to our game, I realised it’s not the umpires I should be frustrated at,” he said.
“It’s the lawmakers who continued to tinker with the game and make the umpire’s task nearly impossible.
“AFL is the hardest sport to successfully officiate in the world… this week we just made it even harder.
“Who’d be an AFL umpire?”
Cornes found support in experienced footy administrator, now Richmond senior club advisor, Neil Balme.
“I’m not sure it’s such a great idea,” he told host Dwayne Russell.
“I don’t like making rules for the sake of making rules.
“It’s hard for the umpires to come terms with it as well as the players.
“We should allow people to be able to defend the mark. I don’t think that’s unreasonable.”
The comments come after vision of a soft 50m penalty was paid in a practice match as the man on the mark moved two steps sideways.
Port Adelaide star Charlie Dixon admitted he found the latest rule change “frustrating” when speaking on SEN.
“It seems like every year there’s a controversial rule brought into the game for the hell of it,” he said.
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