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Filthy Richmond coach Damien Hardwick’s hilarious post after 50m penalty furore in loss to Swans

Filthy Richmond coach Damien Hardwick responds to 50m penalty furore with a hilarious post after Tigers’ controversial loss to Swans – as pundits say SYDNEY was ripped off by the umps

  • Swan Chad Warner kicked the ball into the crowd full time, believing he was awarded a free kick in Sydney’s six point win over the Richmond Tigers
  • Richmond, however, had been awarded the free-kick, meaning Warner should have conceded a 50-yard penalty, which would have allowed Tigers to tie the game.
  • Hardwick was diplomatic that night but took to social media on Saturday to vent his frustrations as experts say it was actually Sydney that was being cheated

On Friday night, Richmond coach Damien Hardwick put on a brave face, diplomatically saying that conceding five goals was the reason the Tigers lost to the Swans – not one of the most controversial refereeing decisions of the year.

But it was a different story on Twitter today when the mentor posted a not-so-cryptic GIF on social media.

The Swans shot home to take a memorable 106-100 AFL win at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday night, but it was a drama-soaked finish that dominated the discussion.

Swan Chad Warner kicked the ball into the SCG stands to celebrate as the final siren sounded, despite the umpires ruling that a Tigers player had been stopped and awarded a free kick.

By the letter of the law, Richmond should have been given a 50-yard field and a chance to record the scores. But the officials denied them that chance.

“It’s irrelevant. You can look at that last incident, but the fact is we were 30 points ahead, it’s easy to look at the last game, but we should have finished the game,” Hardwick said that evening.

The AFL has issued a statement saying that umpire Matt Stevic made the right decision by not giving the 50-meter penalty to Richmond.

But today, Dimma posted a popular GIF of a confused dog with the comment, “Common sense. Excuse me, what?’ followed by a smiling emoji.

At the time, umpire John Howorth told Tigers players the decision was based on “common sense” as the Swan “could not have heard the free kick decision”.

Dimma wasn’t the only one confused by the non-call, especially in a season where officials have taken the cake for every minor indiscretion, including the new dissent rules.

Some people thought the idea was silly, such as Sydney Morning Herald reporter Vince Rugari who tweeted: ‘Anyone who honestly believes a $50 million fine should have been paid at the end, there must be real fun at parties’.

“Just wait for the Tigers fans to leave. It’s going to be fun to listen to,” another tweeted.

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Others, however, were convinced that the Tigers should have earned their chance to tie the scores.

‘I thought there was a penalty of 50 meters for descent’ [sic] not just any free kick,” tweeted one fan.

Some thought the umpires were up to no good.

“Lose loss situation to umpire there, common sense says that’s not 50, but the rules say it is and they’ve called those situations 50 all year round,” tweeted a bipartisan fan.

The confusion came in the call before Warner started the Sherrin in the stands. Footage appeared to show him being hit high by Dion Prestia and Warner thought the whistle for a free kick was in his favour.

However, the umpires had given Prestia a free kick for being stopped, meaning Warner’s actions should have resulted in a 50-yard penalty that could have tied the score.

‘I clearly didn’t know it was a free kick’ [against me]otherwise I wouldn’t have done that [kicked the ball into the crowd]Warner told Channel 7 after the game.

Sydney players celebrate victory after the controversial finish to their clash against Richmond at the SCG on Friday night.

Sydney players celebrate victory after the controversial finish to their clash against Richmond at the SCG on Friday night.

Several AFL pundits agreed that Warner was within his right to think the game was over and said Sydney should have earned the free kick.

“Looking at that last game, Warner tackles a Prestia backhander. There’s probably a reason for him [Warner] to suggest it was his free kick,” former Collingwood champion and coach Nathan Buckley told Fox Sports.

Former Hawthorn marksman Ben Dixon agreed: “That punch to Chad Warner in the face, I think maybe he was like, ‘He just gave me one, I’ve got a free kick, game’s over and I’m going to kick it into the crowd.”


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