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Longmire’s plea to Swans as dissent debate re-opens

Sydney coach John Longmire has pleaded along with his gamers to maintain their feelings in test after two have been penalised for lashing out on the umpires in final week’s loss to Melbourne.

Umpire dissent returned to the AFL agenda in spherical three when GWS veteran Stephen Coniglio questioned an on-field ruling within the dying minutes in opposition to Carlton and was pinged.

The free kick allowed the Blues to seal a 10-point win with a shot from point-blank vary, reigniting debate as to whether or not the AFL polices umpire dissent too severely.

With one eye on the sport’s umpire scarcity at grassroots stage, the AFL introduced final April it might start cracking down on dissent and continues to preserve a harder stance than rival soccer codes.

On Sunday, Swans gamers Will Hayward and Chad Warner’s frustrations boiled over as Melbourne began quicker on the MCG, each giving free kicks away for dissent within the first quarter.

Hayward’s outburst marched the Demons upfield the place Lachie Hunter parlayed the 50-metre penalty right into a 15-point lead.

Hayward informed Longmire he had been directing his frustrations at a rival participant and never the umpire.

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The coach despatched a transparent message to his gamers this week.

“It’s too massive a penalty, 50 metres is an enormous penalty so do not do it,” he mentioned.

“After a call has been made, you have bought to get on with it.

“We’ll work on what we are able to management however as I mentioned to Will, do not say it to the participant. Just transfer on with it.”

While Longmire mentioned the AFL’s stance was apparent 12 months on from its preliminary crackdown, he conceded dissent free kicks have been expensive if the umpire’s preliminary resolution was open to debate.

“The AFL have already come out and made it very, very clear that you may’t say something,” he mentioned.

“If it is proper, if a call’s proper, I perceive it. If it is on the borderline, it is a massive penalty.”

The Swans host Port Adelaide on the SCG this Saturday and shall be wanting to overcome a poor latest document in opposition to the Power, who’ve gained all the sides’ final six conferences.

Only 9 members of Sydney’s 44-man squad have been on the books in 2016 when the Swans final beat Port Adelaide.

“We have not been constant for 4 quarters in opposition to them. That’s our problem,” Longmire mentioned.

“You have these issues (slumps) in opposition to completely different groups at completely different instances.

“People throw up various things – you’ll be able to’t do that and you’ll’t do this and you have a document like this – I do not actually spend a number of time in that area.

“You kind of have a look at the issues you’ll be able to management and concentrate on that.

“With this workforce, this group now, this week, that is a very powerful factor.”

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