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Timekeepers out for cutting game short

04/06/2010 05:34:09 PM Comments (0)

Two timekeepers who cut short an AFL game by 43 seconds last Sunday have been suspended from duty this weekend.

The AFL confirmed on Friday the timekeepers did not stop the clock after Sydney's Jesse White kicked a goal in the first quarter of the game against Hawthorn at the MCG.

Umpires boss Jeff Gieschen said the league's review found the clock kept running after White's goal, midway through the term, which meant the quarter was 43 seconds short.

Gieschen said the clock should have stopped after the goal umpire signalled White's goal.

Hawthorn won the game by two points, but a Sydney spokeswoman said the Swans had no issue with the timekeeping error.

This is the second time this season that timekeepers have been suspended by the league, as Brisbane and West Coast played extra time in three of the four quarters in the round-one game at the Gabba in March.

On that occasion a malfunctioning clock meant the sides played an extra 39 seconds in the second quarter, 49 seconds in the third and one minute and 13 seconds in the last.

Both sides added a goal and a behind in the extra time through the game, which the Lions won by 32 points.

The timekeepers were suspended for not reporting a problem with the clock during the game.

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