MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 22: Shaun Higgins of the Kangaroos is bumped by Ryan Burton of the Hawks during the 2018 AFL round five match between the North Melbourne Kangaroos and the Hawthorn Hawks at Etihad Stadium on April 22, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

After the AFL changed the Match Review Panel to a single Match Review Officer in Michael Christian in late 2017, many expected a more clear and concise adjudication system in 2018.

However, these decisions caused real controversy among the public this season.

Here are some of the incidents that had the whole footy world talking!


10. Charlie Curnow, Ed Curnow and Tom Hawkins

The AFL’s policy on umpire contact was flipped on its head this season after Tom Hawkins received a one game suspension for intentional contact with an umpire.

The following week, two other incidents of umpire contact were assessed by the MRO, with this incident earning Ed Curnow a one week ban, before being turned over by the tribunal.

Brother Charlie also escaped a ban after this incident, causing confusion to rein across the football world.