Bernie Vince Slams The AFL And MRO For “Weak” Bump Sanctions
Bernie Vince has slammed the AFL and the Match Review Officer, labelling them “weak” for not handing down heavier sanctions for some high profile high bumps over the weekend.
BERNIE VINCE SLAMS THE AFL AND MRO:
“If you’re gonna take concussion seriously, give these players that are choosing to bump still and hitting the head, and seeing players leave the ground… with everything going on at the moment, they need bigger sanctions,” Bernie said on the Rush Hour with Bernie, Blewey and Jars.
“For Buddy Franklin to run past the football, clean someone up, hit them in the head, for them to go down and him get one week, it’s a disgrace.
“It’s weak. It’s a weak call.
“Even (Kysaiah) Pickett from Melbourne running past the ball, leaving the ground, hitting him (Bailey Smith) in the head… if they’re gonna start taking this seriously, he needs four [matches suspension].”
The bump has been put in the spotlight after round one of the 2023 season, with Pickett’s bumping on Smith being the most high profile, while Buddy Franklin’s hit on Sam Collins saw him given a week’s suspension.
Adelaide’s Shane McAdam has been referred directly tot he tribunal after a bump on GWS’s Jacob Wehr saw the Giant required to undergo a concussion assessment.