SEN’s Chief Broadcaster Gerard Whateley has given The AFL’s score review bunker a roasting after its Preliminary Final blunder.
Josh Thomas was awarded a goal late in the fourth quarter, despite it clearly being touched by Lachie Keeffe.
This started a run of momentum for the Pies, where they would ultimately get within four points of a stunning upset.
The AFL’s much touted ‘ARC’ system which has been rolled out for this finals series was, apparently, unable to sufficiently prove that it had been touched.
This is despite the AFL saying in a statement on Sunday morning that the ball was deflected by Keeffe’s hand.
Whateley has long been a critic of the AFL’s score review system and did not hold back after this latest blunder.
“I’m going to try to do this without swearing. I make no promises,” Whateley said.
“The ARC did not fulfil its mission on Saturday. Rather incredibly, it was required to strike out three Collingwood goals. It did its duty twice and then neglected to carry out its task once.
“Two out of three isn’t even vaguely close enough. It was a catastrophic failure, and imagine what it would look like if Collingwood had won by two points.”
Listen to Whateley’s full slamming of the Arc system and the score review system below