- Nov 25, 2004
Razor said that they're instructed to determine whether players demonstrated intent to keep the ball in play.
Daniel didn't look towards the boundary or kick the ball towards the boundary, but the umpires reckons he didn't show enough intent to keep the ball in play.
Chamberlain explained how umpires have been told to officiate the rule and how it goes beyond deliberately attempting to get the ball out of bounds.
“So, the guidelines that we’re given now is that the player with the football, or who’s handballing the football, knocking the football, kicking the football, they have to demonstrate a sufficient intent to keep the ball in play,” he said.
“The guts of it is if they’re looking to kill the ball, they put themselves in a position where they could incur a free kick."
Yep... so the umpire has to be a mindreader. Pharken stupid rule.