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Where was the penalty, umpire? Officials get dissent rule wrong AGAIN in Hawks vs Tigers match

Where was the sanction, referee? Officials get the dissent rule wrong again as the Hawks suffer a big injury against Richmond and the Tigers build up a big lead in the fourth quarter

  • Two Hawks raised their arms in anger at the decision, but were not penalized
  • It comes after Jordan De Goey surpassed the controversial 50 against Bulldogs
  • Hawthorn veteran Jack Gunston pulled due to injury, Tigers head home late

It was only eight minutes into Hawthorn’s clash with Richmond before another controversy over referee dissent surfaced as two Hawks players walked away unpunished despite raising their arms in disgust at a decision.

But luck ran out for coach Sam Mithcell’s men just before the fourth period when veteran striker Jack Gunston walked away with what could be a serious ankle injury.

Hawks Sam Frost and Will Day raised their arms because they disagreed with the referee’s decision near the boundary line, but a 50-meter penalty was not imposed despite the obvious breach of the rules.

The Hawks got away with it despite Will Day (left) and Sam Frost (right) throwing their arms out in frustration over an umpire's decision in the first period.

The Hawks got away with it despite Will Day (left) and Sam Frost (right) throwing their arms out in frustration over an umpire’s decision in the first period.

Jack Gunston (right) appeared to have seriously injured his ankle just before the fourth period.  He returned briefly, but had to be booted out for good soon after.

Jack Gunston (right) appeared to have seriously injured his ankle just before the fourth period. He returned briefly, but had to be booted out for good soon after.

It was a stark contrast to the penalty Jordan De Goey received in Collingwood’s loss to the Western Bulldogs on Friday night, after he struggled to suppress his frustration.

De Goey spread his hands reactively in frustration, but then quickly closed them again when he realized the action is now classified as dissent.

That incident drew heavy criticism from fans and pundits, with Richmond legend Matthew Richardson expressing his frustration.

‘Come now. That’s not 50 meters,” she said in a comment for Seven.

‘You have to pay them all then. It’s just ridiculous.

‘I feel sorry for them sometimes. This is an emotional game. They are not robots.

Hawks fans’ hearts sank when Gunston winced and grabbed his right ankle after contending for a tag just before the end of the first period.

Dustin Martin caught the eye of the Hawks, but they couldn't stop him from kicking some crucial goals, including an outright belt from an almost impossible angle.

Dustin Martin caught the eye of the Hawks, but they couldn’t stop him from kicking some crucial goals, including an outright belt from an almost impossible angle.

Justin Koschitzke is pampered by Dylan Grimes.  The Falcon kicked two goals in quick succession as his team got going in the second period, but his scoring soon dried up.

Justin Koschitzke is pampered by Dylan Grimes. The Falcon kicked two goals in quick succession as his team got going in the second period, but his scoring soon dried up.

He was taken out immediately, but returned for a short time in the second quarter before being pulled for good when he couldn’t run freely.

The 218-game veteran had one goal and five eliminations before his day came to an end and he was replaced by Connor Macdonald.

Hawthorn had a huge blast in the second period, scoring four goals in a row through two for Luke Breust and Jacob Koschitzke, with one for Chad Wingard.

However, Richmond fought back with a four-goal run, including a great career effort from Dustin Martin, to go into the break with a 9.5(59) to 8.5(53) lead.

They pulled away from Hawthorn in the third period, kicking four goals to one for the Hawks to lead by 19 going into the fourth quarter.

Martin electrified the MCG crowd with four minutes remaining in the period when he kicked a left-footed cross through the posts from an incredibly difficult angle right at the boundary line after grabbing the ball off the ground in heavy traffic.

He added a third goal early in the fourth quarter to extend Richmond’s lead to 94-68.

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