PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA - MAY 27: Robbie Tarrant of the Kangaroos argues with the umpire during the round 10 AFL match between the Fremantle Dockers and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at Optus Stadium on May 27, 2018 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Will Russell/AFL Media/Getty Images)

St Kilda legend Danny Frawley believes the protected area rule needs to be changed ASAP.

The rule, introduced at the start of the season, has been frustrating for spectators and players, with a number of controversial decisions paid in Thursday nights clash between Sydney and Geelong.

Many fans want the rule gone after the season end but Frawley thinks it must be made even sooner then that.

“I think Steve Hocking and the umpires right now need to actually sit down and get some common sense into the rule,” he said on SEN Breakfast.

“The last thing the AFL want is where we get a final that’s decided with 15 seconds to go, when someone’s run past the protected area on the wing and he gets a shot from 30. That will be the talking point for the year.”

Frawley believes the way to fix the rule is too only award the 50-metre penalty if they have an effect on the player with the ball.

Former St Kilda and North Melbourne player Nick Dal Santo agreed, but he believes that the rule should be left alone till the end of the season due to the fact that there would be even more confusion

“I don’t think they should change the rule just yet, because it’s been made and let’s play out this year as it is,” he said.

“To be giving up 50 metres for a layer running past having no desire to be involved or to slow the play down or to trick the opponent, whatever it may be, is just ridiculous.”

Who do you agree with, Frawley or Dal Santo?