Social media was ablaze with controversy over the weekend after reviews emerged of a Carlton spectator being faraway from Marvel Stadium for abusing umpire Matthew Nicholls.
Stories conflicted as as to whether the fan referred to as Nicholls a “bald-headed flog” or a “bald-headed poof”, though the fan in query did name into Melbourne radio and insisted it was the previous.
The overwhelming majority of Twitter customers had been aghast, calling the transfer heavy-handed an infringement on the rights of followers to barrack and benefit from the recreation as they see match.
However is that basically the total story?
Is getting out of your seat, strolling over to the umpire’s tunnel and hurling abuse on to their face actually ‘a part of the sport’?
Producer of the Sport of Codes podcast and Roar assistant editor Stirling Coates jumped on the mic to make the case for the AFL adopting a more durable stance on followers who exit of their method to have a crack on the umps.
Hearken to the dialogue:
The ejection on Saturday will not be the primary high-profile incident of a fan being sanctioned for umpire abuse this 12 months. A Richmond fan was suspended from attending AFL matches for 3 weeks after calling an umpire a “inexperienced maggot” earlier this season.
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