Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley calls totally free kick clarification

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Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley has expressed his frustration with the polarising ‘Toby Greene’ rule after Magpies defender Jeremy Howe was denied a mark of the 12 months contender towards the Demons on the weekend for main into the mark together with his studs behind an opposing participant.

The ruling has come underneath hearth since its inception for the inconsistency of the ruling throughout totally different umpires and video games, in addition to the misunderstanding from coaches and gamers of what defines the infringement and easy methods to work round it.

“No that wasn’t going to trigger severe harm and it ought to have been allowed to remain as a mark,” Buckley mentioned when requested concerning the mark on SEN radio.

“However I, as many others will, wait with bated breath to see whether or not the AFL really thinks that that’s acceptable or not, which is all we need to know in order that we will coach round it.”

Buckley continued to level out that the rule itself isn’t a difficulty, so long as there may be consistency and a clearer understanding of the way it’s ruled by the umpires and backed by the AFL itself.

“If the AFL comes out and says they’re comfy with that being a free kick, we simply must know why, and if it’s in the identical circumstance subsequent week that it’s going to be positively paid a free kick for these causes.”

“Or, no we don’t assume that was going to trigger harm and subsequently, to the letter of the legislation, it’s not a free kick.

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“It must be particular, there can’t be a common gray space response.”


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