Sport Nic Naitanui tackle: Mick Malthouse slams AFL Tribunal over suspension

12:31  11 may  2018
12:31  11 may  2018 Source:   msn.com

Naitanui could test ban at AFL tribunal

  Naitanui could test ban at AFL tribunal Nic Naitanui's one-match ban for rough conduct is the latest AFL tribunal controversy.The popular thinking is that the Eagles will challenge Naitanui's one-match ban for rough conduct.

Home Nic Naitanui Naitanui upbeat over AFL fitness. Jordan Lewis says Nic Naitanui shouldn't be suspended based on the outcome of his tackle on Karl Amon. West Coast Eagles to challenge Nic Naitanui 's one match suspension .

The Australian . Eagles encouraged to appeal Nic Naitanui ban at tribunal . more. 21 hour ago. Nic Natanui handed AFL ban for rough tackle , but the West Coast Naitanui upbeat over AFL fitness. more. 26 Mar 2018. AFL .com.au. Nic Nat targeting full season after successful return.

Former West Coast Eagles coach Mick Malthouse has torn strips off the AFL over the one-match suspension handed to Nic Naitanui for a rough tackle, branding the decision a © Getty Images Former West Coast Eagles coach Mick Malthouse has torn strips off the AFL over the one-match suspension handed to Nic Naitanui for a rough tackle, branding the decision a "disgrace". Former West Coast Eagles coach Mick Malthouse has torn strips off the AFL over the one-match suspension handed to Nic Naitanui for a rough tackle, branding the decision a "disgrace".

The Eagles ruckman was rubbed out for rough conduct for what looked to be a tough but standard tackle on Port Adelaide's Karl Amon, after it was revealed Amon suffered delayed concussion.

The decision has sparked debate about the duty of care between players, with current Eagles coach Adam Simpson scathing of the concept of a "Nic rule" that would force bigger players to adapt their playing style to avoid hurting smaller players.

Nic Naitanui's suspension 'unrealistic and confusing': Nick Riewoldt

  Nic Naitanui's suspension 'unrealistic and confusing': Nick Riewoldt The Saints great goes ham on the MRP.The Eagles giant collected the much smaller Amon in a fierce hit from behind late in Saturday’s clash, with the Power player slamming face first into the Optus Stadium turf.

West Coast star Nic Naitanui is "a little bit dumbfounded" by the AFL tribunal verdict that upheld his one-game suspension . AFL advocate Jeff Gleeson QC argued that Naitanui , a much-bigger player than Amon, had a duty of care when he laid the tackle .

Jordan Lewis says Nic Naitanui shouldn't be suspended based on the outcome of his tackle on Karl Amon. The Australian . Eagles encouraged to appeal Nic Naitanui ban at tribunal . 26 Mar 2018. SBS. Naitanui upbeat over AFL fitness.

Malthouse, who coached West Coast to the 1992 and 1994 premierships before moving to Collingwood, said the tackle was a clear push in the back, but should not have been reported.

'I am livid'

Malthouse took aim at the AFL on ABC Radio Melbourne on Friday.

"It's an absolute injustice. It's worse then that, it's a disgrace," Malthouse said.

"It's in the back. It is in the back. It is not a report, because you don't report size.

AFL greats line up to slam Naitanui suspension

  AFL greats line up to slam Naitanui suspension AFL greats Nick Riewoldt, Brendon Goddard, Brian Taylor and Bob Murphy have all slammed the one-match suspension handed out to West Coast ruckman Nic Naitanui. Naitanui was rubbed out by match review officer Michael Christian for dangerously tackling Port Adelaide’s Karl Amon on the weekend. The All-Australian big man took his case to the tribunal on Wednesday night where his ban was upheld.Riewoldt felt there were only three conclusions to draw in the wake of Naitanui’s suspension – either the AFL rules are wrong, Christian is wrong or the MRO had an "absolute shocker".

Jordan Lewis says Nic Naitanui shouldn't be suspended based on the outcome of his tackle on Karl Amon. 21 hour ago. The Australian . Eagles encouraged to appeal Nic Naitanui ban at tribunal . 26 Mar 2018. SBS. Naitanui upbeat over AFL fitness.

The Australian . Eagles encouraged to appeal Nic Naitanui ban at tribunal . more. 15 hours ago. Nic Natanui handed AFL ban for rough tackle , but the West Coast Naitanui upbeat over AFL fitness. more. 26 Mar 2018. AFL .com.au. Nic Nat targeting full season after successful return.

"It's a monumental error by the AFL.

"For those in the west, you've been hard done by. I am livid."

The decision by the AFL Tribunal to uphold the suspension befuddled the AFL world.

Former St Kilda star Nick Riewoldt said players could not be expected to make a weight-differential calculation on the spur of the moment, while former Saints coach Grant Thomas tweeted he was "flabbergasted by the decision."

Call for AFL consistency

Malthouse said match review officer Michael Christian needed to find some consistency, following the decision last month to fine Hawthorn's Ryan Burton for a bump on North Melbourne's Shaun Higgins.

"A year ago, [the AFL] said any bump, doesn't matter if it's intentional or not, if you hit someone in the head and they have a consequence, you'll get rubbed out," he said.

"A year later, you bump a bloke to the ground whose got the football and it's all OK.

"I just don't get how you can nail this bloke."

Gus slams 'ridiculous' NRL ruling .
NRL legends Phil Gould and Wally Lewis have discussed the contentious decision to send off Dylan Napa for a head-clash with Korbin Sims. Napa was attempting to tackle Sims late in the Broncos’ win over the Roosters and inadvertently collided heads with his opponent, leaving Sims floored. Gould brushed it off as normal play in the NRL and contended that it should have been a play-on.“To me it’s an accidental head clash, we see forwards do this all the time,” he said.

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