‘It’s unbelievable this. It’s a mess’

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It turned into a thriller.

GOOD Friday football briefly turned ugly with North Melbourne players surrounding an umpire and heatedly questioning a decision that veteran footy commentator Bruce McAvaney called a “mess”.

During the Western Bulldogs’ thrilling third quarter charge to snatch the lead before three-quarter time, the game was briefly overshadowed by when Bulldogs star Marcus Bontempelli and Josh Dunkley both nominated to do the ruck work during a throw-in in the Dogs’ forward fifty.

The game turned into a thriller with the Bulldogs holding on 89-86 in a thriller where Lindsay Thomas had a shot to win the game for the Roos on the run from outside fifty just seconds before the final siren. His kick sailed across the face and went through for a behind.

The game was a thriller, but it was briefly a farce, when an umpire made a horrible call just before the three-quarter time siren.

After Bontempelli locked shoulders with Roos ruckman Josh Goldstein, Dunkley also raised his arms to nominate to do the hit-out and then milked a free-kick by deliberately running into the back of Norths’ Andrew Swallow.

When the umpire awarded Dunkley a free-kick Roos players immediately protested the call with Goldsetein and Swallow among a group of four players surrounding the whistle-blower.

Goldstein’s question to the umpire could be heard on the umpire microphone and was broadcast on Channel 7 and Fox Footy.

Todd Goldstein of the Kangaroos and Tom Campbell in the ruck.

Todd Goldstein of the Kangaroos and Tom Campbell in the ruck.Source:Getty Images

“How am I supposed to know when they are both calling it,” he said.

The umpire responded: “He’d already nominated well before that”.

When the ruck contest was played on the big screen inside Etihad Stadium North Melbourne players furiously demanded the umpire look at the evidence of both Bulldogs players putting their hands up.

“Look. Bontempelli is rucking. Look. Look. Look,” Swallow and teammates could be heard saying.

McAvaney told Seven the incident will be a big talking point this week.

“It’s unbelievable this,” he said.

“It’s a mess. It’s got to be cleaned up. It’s three-quarter time. That incident is going to be talked about a whole lot.”

The incident could also come back to bite the Kangaroos players involved because of the heated nature of the comments towards the umpire.

The poor decision was the big talking point on social media with former players and greats of the game all condemning the league’s new ruck rules brought in for the 2017 season.

The Dogs held on to win 12.17 (89) to 12.14 (86).

SOURCE: newsnow sport