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AFL won't sanction McGuire

By John Salvado 13/04/2004 06:51:53 PM Comments (0)

The AFL will not sanction Collingwood president Eddie McGuire for lambasting a goal umpire during the television commentary of the Magpies' 10-goal loss to Brisbane last Thursday.

After a blatant officiating error in the second quarter of the match at the Gabba, McGuire described first-game goal umpire Brent Fewkes as "the umpire from hell".

An AFL spokesman said that the league did not feel that the incident warranted sending McGuire a "please explain" letter.

AFL umpires coach Rowan Sawers acknowledged that Fewkes had erred in awarding a goal to Brisbane utility Tim Notting when his kick went the wrong side of the goalpost.

The decision was reversed after Fewkes consulted with field umpire Mathew James.

"At the end the right decision was put forward," said Sawers.

The AFL appoints local goal and boundary umpires to all matches expect finals.

As a result of the mistake, Fewkes is expected to be sent back to the local competition.

Sawers said video evidence was inconclusive about another shot for goal by Jason Akermanis in the Brisbane-Collingwood match that appeared to shave the post.

Fewkes awarded it a goal.

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