Garry Lyon and Tim Watson have called for the AFL to appeal the MRO’s decision not to cite Gold Coast defender Jarrod Harbrow for a high bump on Carlton’s Michael Gibbons.
Harbrow made high contact to the jaw of Gibbons during his side’s loss on Saturday night.
The Blues forward came from the ground and underwent a concussion test before returning to the field.
Watson believes the decision to not even fine Harbrow for the incident goes against everything the AFL is saying about protecting the head.
“If we are saying that the head is sacrosanct and we’re doing everything we can to take the bump out of the game, we saw another incident on the weekend where Harbrow bumped Gibbons in the head, he went off the ground, he had a concussion test … and that’s not cited?” Watson told SEN Breakfast.
“That is ridiculous.”
Lyon agreed, calling on the AFL to come out and send it through to the Tribunal.
“The AFL should appeal this. We’re both of the opinion that the AFL is doing a good job trying to stamp this out,” Lyon said.
“They should come out this morning and say ‘Michael Christian is doing the best he can, but on this occasion we don’t agree with him we will appeal this and send it to the Tribunal’.
“He had an option, Jarrod Harbrow, he had an option to go the ball and he chose to bump and he hit Gibbons in the head and it warranted a concussion test.
“That is exactly what we’re trying to stamp out of the game and yet on this occasion the MRO, and maybe the parameters that didn’t allow them, but (the parameters) have failed the system and the AFL should appeal it.”
Harbrow is currently free to play in Gold Coast’s Round 5 clash with the Western Bulldogs.
Ignore the ball, bump, hit opponents head with force, he goes off for concussion test. I’m really confused https://t.co/QfAyDvE9V3— Kane Cornes (@kanecornes) April 11, 2021