LAUNCESTON, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 16: The boundary umpire throws the ball in during the round four AFL match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the St Kilda Saints at Aurora Stadium on April 16, 2016 in Launceston, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Former AFL umpire Derek Humphrey-Smith has confirmed that Amdrew Stephens, the umpire at the center of two controversial decisions during Hawthorn’s three-point win over St Kilda on Saturday, is not a Hawks fan.

Saints fans were left fuming late in the game on the weekend, as Stephens called play from two St Kilda kicks that appeared to travel the required 15 metres, deep in the Saints’ backline.

The Hawks took full advantage, with Paul Puopolo tackling Shane Savage, allowing the ball to spill loose to Jordan Lewis, who kicked a vital goal to cut the margin to just three points.

Social media went into overdrive yesterday, with many labeling Stephens a Hawthorn fan and questioning his judgement, after his Twitter page, which features an image of a Hawthorn banner at the MCG, was strewn across the internet on Monday.

However, former umpire Derek Humprey-Smith has quashed speculation that Stephens supports the reigning premiers.

“No he doesn’t (follow Hawthorn), very clearly,” Humphery-Smith said on SEN radio on Tuesday morning.

“He came down for his first Grand Final in 2014 and took the panoramic shot and just happened to be when the Hawthorn banner was up.

“So, poor Andrew Stephens he’s learnt a bit of a lesson and learnt a bit about Twitter because I understand he got a bit of advice to take the app off his phone.

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“But that doesn’t do anything, so maybe he needs some better IT advice as well – but not a Hawthorn supporter.”

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  1. So maybe Wanker Will and your page may want to send him a Personal Apology after Will made the below post
    AFL Scores & News
    15 hrs ·
    Oh Andrew Stephens… I wasn’t going to attack you personally and shame you online with your face after the horrific calls at the Saints games, I felt sorry for you and your family. Now, things are different. This morning Mark Fine discovered that Stephens twitter page had a cover photo of a Hawthorn banner. This is no coincidence, this man is clearly a Hawks fan… and clearly a bias umpire, whether that be sub conscious or not. The AFL needs to suspend Stephens and investigate this, because this man is a danger to the integrity of our game.
    – Will

  2. Be interested to see if ADMIN WILL has the balls to front up with a comment, previous dealings with this Tosser Will says he will now go into hiding ………………..WATCH THIS SPACE

  3. If he has umpired games that Hawks have won by a small amount maybe not roster him on them games to see if Hawks still win, if they do its just shit umpiring in general getting them over the line not a corrupt ump

  4. Unconvincing explanation. If he’s not bias he’s a fool for putting Hawks on cover photo? He lost the game for saints twice in 5 mins he now has a cloud over his head and only has himself to blame.

    • Chris O’Riley, fair comment as far as some of the comments from SOME of our fans, but those decisions were crucial in the context of the game. My take on the loss is that we basically lost the game via turnovers & skill errors at crucial stages of the game, now THAT is something I’m dirty about! The Hawks showed just why they are in THEIR position, and why we are where WE are.

  5. certainly helps when your ex president works at AFL, mark evans ex hawthorn employee and an umpire who barracks for hawhorn. no surprise they’ve won 3 in a row and more coming. pays to have friends at the top

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