A recent incident involving Tomas Bugg and Callum Mills has resulted in calls for players to be issued red cards and sent off in matches.
The AFL, always keen to engage with the football community on rule tinkering, has released a draft send off policy to gather feedback. Here is the draft policy the AFL issued.
Dear Valued Stakeholder
The below policy outlines how a sendoff rule could operate in the AFL. It has been developed by our Diversity team.
As always, we wanted to take the best practice of other sports, but add enough complications to make it close to unworkable. We anticipate the subsequent rules bought in to fix the unintended outcomes of this policy will create seven years work for 7 FTEs.
AFL Send Off Rule
In the event of an incident deemed to be sufficiently un-sportsman* like, an umpire has seven different cards to use.
Blue Card- The umpire is cross but not cross enough to do much about it. Like tooting your horn at someone when they cut you off in traffic. No free kick is issued. They just wave the blue card above their head like crazy and play goes on.
Purple Card- A free kick. For every free kick, an umpire will now stop the game and show the player a purple card and write their name in the book. Seven purple equal a yellow card. At no time should official media refer to it as ‘showing them a purple’.
Green Card- A green card means the player can live in the United States as a legal citizen. This is obviously now a punishment.
Orange Card- The player must go to the bench for ten minutes unless the player holds a Mage counter spell card, level eight, which means the player instead gets to stay on and reverse any free kick. This reversal cannot be applied if the other team plays a Demented Frostcaller or a Kabal Crystal Runner card. Obviously, players holding Druid cards are exempt from receiving any card below a yellow.
Drink Card- When a player hits someone but is a good bloke they receive a Drink card to One Six One.
Yellow card- A reportable event but not enough to be sent off. Any star player can turn a red card into a yellow by showing their ‘I’m an AFL Star get out of Jail Free Card’. The card must be current.
Red Card- A player issued a red card will be sent off for the rest of the game, subject to a full vote via Twitter Poll. Players can appeal the result to the highest court in the land which is apparently the Northern Football League Tribunal.
This simple policy should see violence in the game significantly reduced or not.
Each card will be available for sponsorship, so expect something like ‘And the umpire shows him the Carlton Draught Yellow Card!” or “That Red Card is courtesy of MacDonald’s new Chicken Big Mac. Don’t get hangry and belt someone, eat a Big Mac today.”
Betting markets will be also offered for betting on which colour cards will be issued and to who.
* Sufficiently un-sportsman is purposely not defined so each umpire can make it up on the spot.
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