MELBOURNE, VICTORIA - SEPTEMBER 06: Dylan Grimes of the Tigers marks the ball against Paul Puopolo of the Hawks during the AFL First Qualifying Final match between the Richmond Tigers and the Hawthorn Hawks at Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 6, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/AFL Media/Getty Images)

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.”