AFL legend Shane Crawford has slammed the one-match ban given to Essendon midfielder Zach Merrett for a punch to Carlton’s Jack Silvagni whereas he tried a kick.
Silvagni was despatched to hospital with a fractured rib and a bruised lung because of the incident in Carlton’s slim one-point win, and the membership believes he’ll sit out at the very least one week because of the accidents.
But Crawford ripped into the AFL match evaluation officer Michael Christian for deeming Merrett’s actions as careless conduct with excessive affect and physique contact, ensuing in a one-match ban.
“It’s absolute bullcrap,” Crawford said on Wide World of Sports’ Full Time section.
“High affect? Please. You’re kidding. Surely that is not excessive affect. Accidents occur in our recreation and sadly that is simply the method it’s. It’s not excessive affect.”
Crawford said heavy actions like the one Merrett did on Silvagni are commonplace in the AFL.
“Zach Merrett should not get per week for that. That’s significantly a love faucet,” Crawford said.
“It occurs in all probability 20-30 instances throughout video games the place you throw the arm in and make that participant actually work for that kick.
Merrett suspended after hit on Silvagni
“I feel they need to attraction, they actually do.
“They’ve bought a giant recreation developing towards Collingwood.
“Zach Merrett is a particularly reasonable participant…we want Jack all the absolute best however I simply assume it was an absolute accident. ”
Crawford was involved that accidents from the physicality of the recreation have been taken under consideration at the tribunal to the extent that they’ve been.
“Are we going to get to that stage the place in case you stumble upon somebody they usually break one thing or they harm their knee, you are out?” Crawford questioned.
“I feel that is the case with Zach Merrett. It’s definitely unfair.
“They do not need to have their star participant rubbed out subsequent week. ”