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'It pisses me off': Gill's score review angst

Score review 'pisses me off': McLachlan AFL CEO Gill McLachlan says he shakes his head at mistakes made by the score review system

AFL CHIEF executive Gillon McLachlan says score review mistakes are unacceptable but has dismissed claims the system should be abolished altogether.

"It pisses me off when there are mistakes, direct answer," McLachlan told SEN on Wednesday morning.

The AFL's score review system has come under fire in 2018 with apparent errors being made after looking at the vision available.

It again came into the spotlight after Bomber Jake Stringer was incorrectly awarded a goal against the Brisbane Lions at the Gabba on Sunday despite the ball being clearly touched by Dayne Beams.

The controlling field umpire believed the ball had been touched off the boot but went upstairs to check whether his initial call had been the right one.

The score reviewer was looking at whether Lion Darcy Gardiner had touched the ball on the way through to the goals, rather than Beams, who was kneeling on the ground at the time.

 

"I do shake my head when there are mistakes … to have score review mistakes is unacceptable," McLachlan said.

The speed with which reviews were carried out was a sticking point earlier in the season, with fans and players becoming frustrated at the hold up of play.

In April, AFL football operations manager Steve Hocking delivered a clear edict that score reviews must be done more quickly after a clear example where there was a long delay in play during the Hawthorn-Richmond clash in round three.

Despite the issues facing the system, McLachlan is an advocate of retaining it to eliminate blatant errors.

The score review system was introduced after Geelong's Tom Hawkins was awarded a goal in the 2009 Grand Final against St Kilda by the goal umpire despite replays showing that the ball had hit the post on the way through.

"I think it's a ridiculous notion to get rid of it (altogether)," McLachlan said.

"Do we actually finesse it a bit or tone it down and stop trying to solve stuff that is too hard to do like a touched ball from 50m.

"If we did that, that's a fair conversation. Getting rid of it is not."