Kane Cornes has called for umpires to stop awarding free kicks to Dylan Grimes, who he labeled as a “serial stager”.
The Richmond star went easily to the ground after taking a mark in the third quarter against Geelong and was awarded a 50-metre penalty.
“I don’t blame him [for staging] because the umpires keep paying it [free kicks]. Clearly he’s put a lot extra on that and he gets a 50-metre penalty,” Cornes told AFL Media’s The Round So Far.
“Until the umpires want to stamp this out and stop paying it … because we’ve seen all of these are rewarded with free kicks.
“What the umpires have to do is identify Dylan Grimes as a serial stager, someone who continually exaggerates contact and not pay the free kicks, that’s the only way he’ll stop doing it.”