AFL umpire ‘Razor’ Ray Chamberlain has revealed why he got an apology from Richmond star Dustin Martin during the 2019 Grand Final.
Chamberlain pinged Dusty for holding the ball late in the third quarter, which Martin clearly disagreed with as he lashed out at the umpire, saying “for f—’s sake Razor”, leading to a 50m penalty for abuse.
The soon-to-be two-time Norm Smith Medallist would seek out Razor Ray later in the game for a hug and an apology.
“I do recall at the start of the last quarter Dusty came into the centre bounce and I was starting the last quarter,” Chamberlain told SEN’s Whatley.
“We shared a hug and he goes, ‘I’m real sorry, I just got angry’.
“And I said, ‘that’s okay I do that too sometimes, that’s normal isn’t it’.
“They’re competing and it’s the big stage and it’s for a premiership and you expect them to be invested and that is totally okay.”
Martin would finish the game with four goals and his second Norm Smith Medal.