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Ban Trent Cotchin! Or the rules mean nothing

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    I don’t care what week of the year it is. I don’t care that it will cost him a grand final. Trent Cotchin must be banned for his collision with Dylan Shiel.

    Cotchin’s decision to brace for impact with his shoulder makes it clear that his intention was to bump Dylan Shiel away from the contest rather than go directly for the ball.

    That kind of action isn’t illegal in the AFL necessarily, but you do have a duty of care when you do so to not strike your opponent in the head.

    Cotchin failed that duty of care. And while some would say that it is a minor incident and one that’s bound to happen in a contact sport, the AFL’s laws don’t see it this way.

    The head has been sacred for a while now. We know what concussions can do to the human brain and it isn’t pretty, and it isn’t acceptable for them to be brushed off as no big deal.

    Make no mistake, if this incident had occurred inside a home-and-away match it would certainly be cause for a one-week suspension, or at the very least a fine.

    And a fine would do just fine for suspending Cotchin in this case, as he has already been given two this year and a third strike triggers an automatic one-week ban.

    Is that fair? It’s a pretty rough call, but if Cotchin doesn’t want to miss games then he has to not put himself in this position to begin with, simple as that.

    The AFL has to juggle many priorities as it attempts to manage the game and looks to achieve the best outcomes across the board.

    But No.1 on that list of priorities has to be the same as it ought to be in any other business – the health and safety of its employees.

    To let Cotchin play next week would be a violation of that principle, saying that other aspects of the game are more important than whether or not Dylan Shiel is able to think straight in twenty years time.

    Do the right thing, AFL.

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    • Roar Guru

      September 25th 2017 @ 11:39am
      Olivia Watts said | September 25th 2017 @ 11:39am | ! Report

      Does Cotchin, in the eyes of an average, unbiased supporter, deserve to miss a GF for this act?
      Of course not.

      Does Cotchin, under the rules in place for the MRP to use, deserve to miss a GF for this act?
      Yes; they have no other choice they can make if they are to be consistent under their rules.

      Will Cotchin miss the GF?
      Who knows? I gave up expecting logic and consistency from the AFL decades ago.

      • September 25th 2017 @ 11:50am
        schaefer said | September 25th 2017 @ 11:50am | ! Report

        Well done Olivia! Of all the thousands of words that have been and will be written, this sums it up for most people in a nutshell..

      • September 25th 2017 @ 5:07pm
        Wally said | September 25th 2017 @ 5:07pm | ! Report

        Well said Olivia. Give up the AFL bias. Be a sheep no longer!

    • September 25th 2017 @ 12:28pm
      Sean said | September 25th 2017 @ 12:28pm | ! Report

      AFL equalisation policy seems to apply to Match review panel decisions as well… Had enough of this mickey mouse organisation.

    • Roar Rookie

      September 25th 2017 @ 12:28pm
      Bunney said | September 25th 2017 @ 12:28pm | ! Report

      Guess the rules mean nothing…

    • September 25th 2017 @ 5:04pm
      Wally said | September 25th 2017 @ 5:04pm | ! Report

      Another AFL fix!!

      AFL determined last year’s GF with the most popular result – Bulldogs! Sydney were BBQ’d by the umpires.
      This year – put all of your money on Richmond. AFL has already determined the result…

      AFL has become a sport for only the most gullible to believe in. Just like leading sheep to the slaughter & fleecing them on the way!!

      Footy has just lost another long time fan (45 years) and member. Baaah no more…

    • September 25th 2017 @ 5:26pm
      Wally said | September 25th 2017 @ 5:26pm | ! Report

      Cotchin is a coward. Always has been. Look at the other hits he’s done over the years.

      • September 25th 2017 @ 7:33pm
        J.T. Delacroix said | September 25th 2017 @ 7:33pm | ! Report

        He speaks highly of you, Wally. Very apt name by the way.

    • September 25th 2017 @ 5:56pm
      Helen said | September 25th 2017 @ 5:56pm | ! Report

      I which Richmond all the best on Saturday and Trent Cotchin should not be banned I have seen a lot worse that have not even been sent to the committee ie Tex Walker slamming Johassan into the goal post blatant I am a Western Bulldogs supporter so understand how the Richmond supporters are feeling all the best A great year AFL but please keep out of politics that is not your forte’ and it is the individuals right to vote how they believe.

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