Richmond legend Kevin Bartlett has slammed the AFL Commission and the laws of the game committee in a stinging attack on SEN Radion on Thursday morning.
Bartlett, who has been vocal of his opinion to change the interchange system, said the committee “lack courage” and said the game is being destroyed.
“They’ll come up with all these crazy and fancy ideas…going nowhere and wasting everyone’s time,” Bartlett said.
“I sat in there on the Laws of the Game committee when they decided to get a charter and they said, ‘this is going to be set in stone, go away and write down things that can’t be changed by cowboys and dills’.
“Everyone went away and wrote things down and they came up with a charter and now no one wants to read it.
“They can’t even see that interchange is killing them game, has been killing the game for years. They can’t see that the AFL commission, they haven’t got a clue.
“There is only a couple om the AFL commission thats got a clue, that understands. Mike Fitzpatrick is one. He knows that interchange is shocking for the game and has just about destroyed the game at different stages.”
Barlett also blasted the members of the committee, questioning their credentials.
“They might be good at building shopping centres, they might be great at banking and financing, but do they know anything about football?” he asked.
“They sit there and watch the game for years and years and years and they still can’t see that interchange is a killer for the game.
“They talk about congestion; they talk about density around the ball, and we’ll put zones in – umpires will be blowing the whistle saying, ‘you go over to that corner of the ground, and you go over to that corner of the ground’; we might drop it down to 16-a-side – why not try 14-a-side … we’ll try anything other than the elephant in the room, which is interchange.
“No one has the courage or the guts to do it.”