Tim Watson says the AFL should not introduce a player challenge to correct the controversial score review system.
Watson told SEN Breakfast on Wednesday morning that a player review system would only make the game worse by referencing the situation with the NFL.
“AFL, if you want to gaze into the future to see how reviewing takes over and ultimately destroys a game, watch the NFL,” Watson said.
“Last year in the NFL play-offs, there was a really bad decision that coast the (New Orleans) Saints the game.
“Because of the outrage over that, they sat down in the off-season and said, ‘ok, let’s have the introduction for a review of that type of interference call’.
“This year it has become a farce.”
The AFL introduced an ARC (AFL Review Centre) before the 2019 Finals series. The system was based on the NBA’s process by having a location away from the stadium where professionals would goal review in real-time.
Despite the revamping of score review, there were still contentious decisions leaving footy fans fuming.
Watson says the AFL needs to find a way to deal with the results of human error.
“Let’s live with the fifty shades of grey in our game. Our game, if it wanted certainty and fairness, we would have played this with a circular ball, not an oval-shaped ball,” he said.
“Sometimes you’ve got to see what happens and which direction it flows in. I want it all gone.
“Because, if we can improve that decision let’s try and improve this decision and then this decision and this decision.
“Just wear it. It’s always been one of the anomalies of the game.
“We are not going to get to a point where we are completely and utterly satisfied whether a ball flicks the edge of somebody’s finger or not.
“It is a crazy thing to try and introduce.”