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Umpires seek forum to explain decisions

07/08/2003 05:27:47 AM Comments (0)

The AFL Umpires Association wants to hold regular media conferences to explain controversial decisions, according to a new report.

Outgoing AFLUA chief executive Rob Anderson suggested a midweek forum where a rotating roster of umpires would field questions.

AFL umpires' boss Jeff Gieschen currently answers all media questions on contentious decisions.

The Herald Sun says the call to step up the umpires' media involvement comes as concern mounts about the loss of several experienced whistle-blowers.

Derek Humphrey-Smith, Mark McKenzie, Mark Nash and Steven Hanley - who boast a combined 500 games experience - quit at the peak of their powers in the past two years.

Anderson, who is leaving the AFLUA to become the chief executive of soccer's players union, said protecting the umpires from the media was harmful to their ability to promote their profession and educate the public.

"Umpires are very happy to be accountable," Anderson said.

"These guys are human beings. There should be some regular forum for accountability and explanation."

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