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Lyon unhappy with AFL over half-time "kite flying"


Garry Lyon has slammed the AFL for “kite flying” with the half-time break discussions.

After months of talk surrounding the break and whether it would cut from 20 minutes to 15 or 10, the AFL has come out and confirmed it will be remaining as is.

Lyon believes the AFL has created a discussion point out of nothing simply for the sake of it.

“Why did we waste the best part of two months arguing and debating about shortening the half-time break?” he told SEN Breakfast.

“And we just turn around now on the second of February and say by the way, all that chatter about the half-time break and shortening it from 20 minutes to 15 minutes or 12 minutes and the players support it and all that, guess what, we ain’t doing it.

“It was just crap. It went to the stage where the players backed it, some of the coaches came out and said yeah, and it was almost accepted that we were going to have a 15-minute half-time break.

“Then they say by the way, we’re not doing it ... it's kite flying."

Tim Watson believes the AFL will continue to do this as long as it generates discussion over the off-season.

“I don’t know if this was one of those stories that’s put out there to change the narrative, I can’t remember what was going on back when this first broke, but I think sometimes the AFL floats things anyway just do gauge feedback and this was one of those,” Watson said.

“They’re happy for the conversation to go on and on and on because we talk about it and others write about it.”

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