AFL umpiring boss Dan Richardson has declared fault during the final moments of the Collingwood-Adelaide thriller at the MCG on Sunday afternoon, admitting Crows skipper Jordan Dawson should have been awarded a free kick after receiving high contact from Magpies forward Jamie Elliott.
Dawson was collected high by a stray Elliott forearm in the waning moments of the Magpies' two-point victory, however, no free kick was paid by the adjudicating umpire, leaving Crows fans understandably frustrated and dismayed.
On Monday, Richardson told 9 News Adelaide a free kick should have paid to Dawson, which would have resulted in a set shot at goal for the Adelaide midfielder.
However, Richardson exhibited leniency to Sunday's officiating crew, stating "The umps had a restricted view of the contest."
Breaking: AFL has conceded Jordan Dawson should have been paid a free kick in the final 10 secs of yesterdays game. Umpire boss Dan Richardson says “the umps had a restricted view of the contest.” More details @9NewsAdel
— Corey Norris (@coreynorris9) June 26, 2023
Crows ruckman Reilly O'Brien stated his own thoughts on the missed call.
"Watching it back, it was obviously a clear free kick, but, I mean, it's hard in the heat of the game to notice that and 'Daws' had a pretty fat lip with a lot of blood coming out post-game, so he certainly got some contact, but, I mean, you can't really blame it on individual umpiring decisions, because there's a lot throughout the game that go either way," O'Brien told 10 News First Adelaide on Monday.
"We had our chances and just weren't able to capitalise late and get ahead."
Adelaide Crows ruckman Reilly O'Brien has told 10 News First that the non-call on @Adelaide_FC captain Jordan Dawson was a "clear free kick" in the dying seconds of their two-point loss to @CollingwoodFC.
Dawson copped contact to his face after a marking contest in the Crows'… pic.twitter.com/HZ0yArv5wa
— 10 News First Adelaide (@10NewsFirstAdl) June 26, 2023
While Crows fans may feel vindicated in hearing the AFL admit fault, unfortunately, it doesn't change the end result.
Adelaide plays North Melbourne at Adelaide Oval in Round 16 as it looks to get back to winning ways.