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Chamberlain: send-off rule is a risky introduction


Veteran AFL umpire Ray Chamberlain has expressed his concerns over the introduction of a send-off rule.

The send-off rule was called for last season when West Coast midfielder Andrew Gaff struck his Fremantle opponent Andrew Brayshaw, sidelining him for the rest of the season with a broken jaw.

Chamberlain says it’s easy to get a send-off decision wrong, which is a risk he is not willing to take as an umpire.

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“I think anybody with an open mind and a clear lens would say at different levels, there are directly different requirements,” Chamberlain told SEN Mornings.

“If the player can’t keep on playing, then we’re one short for that side that was offended against.

“That’s probably the one thing that’s of most interest to me.

“I don’t think we see the prevalence of these incidents that would warrant a shift where sending a player off will be appropriate.

“Things happen really quickly on a football field and as an umpire, I’ve made some horrible blues, so you wouldn't want to get that one wrong.”

Chamberlain has began embarking on his annual Razor Ride, alongside Australian cycling legend Phil Anderson.

The 850km ride will travel through Ballarat to Melbourne, with the aim to raise $100,000 to support mental health services for children suffering the effects of grief or loss.

Listen to Ray Chamberlain's chat with Brett Phillips on SEN Mornings in the player below.

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