AFL 360 presenter Gerard Whateley has called on the AFL to end the controversial score review experiment, effective immediately.
During the AFL 360 broadcast on Monday night alongside Mark Robinson, Whateley discussed the incident that saw North Melbourne spearhead Ben Brown denied what appeared a clear-cut goal by the video review system, which instead ruled the ball had come off the hands of Giants captain Phil Davis.
“Over the past couple of weeks we’ve had errors that have gone uncorrected because of a faulty system,” Whateley said of recent controversies.
Speaking of Sunday’s incident at Blundstone Arena, he added: “We had an error inserted and this is why the system should be shut down.
Whateley was scathing in his impression of the bunker personnel’s ability to handle the task as well.
“The least equipped person in the process right now is the person making the decision and that’s how we end up with what happened.
“And if (Davis) did touch it, there’s absolutely no evidence in the system that has been applied. It’s a dangerous system as it is being used at the moment.”
Co-host Robinson supported the criticism of the events surrounding Brown’s goal, which was initially given as a goal by the umpire before the system overturned the verdict.
He described the lack of appeal given by Davis as an indication that not even the player himself genuinely believed he’d made sufficient contact with the ball as it passed through.
Whateley suggested that the review system be delayed until it can be evaluated and brought back to the competition in a more reliable fashion.
“It’s in a bunker, there might be some technology at play rather than just the replay,” Whateley said.
“But once you tip into inserting errors from correct decisions, you can’t safeguard.”