Think because it’s was in play’.
That’s the reasoning I heard.
Someone can ‘clarify’ the rule.
Ok, let's look at the actual rules as published by the clowns at the AFL:
Under section 18.3 Prohibited Contact it states:
18.3.2 Free Kicks - Prohibited Contact
A field Umpire shall award a Free Kick against a Player when that Player makes any of the following Prohibited Contact with an opposition Player:(c) makes high contact to an opposition Player (including the top of the shoulders) with any part of their body;
The words "incidental", "accidental"and "in play" are nowhere to be seen.
The umpires and the AFL are telling porkies.
Under reportable offences we have the following:
22.2 REPORTABLE OFFENCES
22.2.1 Degree of Intent – ClarificationWhere any of the Reportable Offences listed in Law 22.2.2 specify that conduct may beintentional or careless:(a) any report or notice of report which does not allege whether the conduct wasintentional or careless shall be deemed to and be read as alleging that theconduct was either intentional or careless; and(b) the Tribunal or other body appointed to hear and determine the report may find thereport proven if it is satisfied on the balance of probabilities that the conduct waseither intentional or careless.22.2.2 Specific OffencesAny of the following types of conduct is a Reportable Offence:(a) intentionally or carelessly:(i) striking another person;(ii) kicking another person;(iii) kneeing another person;(iv) Charging an opponent;(v) engaging in Rough Conduct against an opponent;(vi) bumping or making forceful contact to an opponent from front-on whenthat Player has their head down over the football;(vii) head-butting or making contact to another person using the head;(viii) making unreasonable or unnecessary contact to the eye region of anotherperson;(ix) making unreasonable or unnecessary contact to the face of anotherperson;(x) scratching another person; or(xi) tripping another person whether by hand, arm, foot or leg;
Note the wording: intentionally or carelessly striking another person.
How was that not an intentional or careless striking of another person?
There is a simple answer to this: it wasn't.
The AFL can't even follow their own rules, and they wonder why they lack credibility. They just make it up as it suits as they go.
What a f***en joke, disgusting.