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‘There just has to be more respect for umpires’ – SFNL Umpires boss

The Southern Football and Netball League’s umpires boss Peter Marshall believes that there need’s to be more respect for umpires in local football after a 19 year-old umpire was hit in the face in an Under 19 game on the weekend.

A Parkmore/Springvale districts player faces a lifetime ban after he struck the field umpire in their game against the East Brighton Vampires at Springvale Reserve on Saturday. The incident forced the game to be abandoned mid way through the second quarter.

Marshall told Matt Thompson and Tony Shaw that the young umpire is OK, but was shaken up by the whole ordeal.

“The umpire went down after being hit and suffered a cut lip. He is OK, he is a resilient young fella. He was obviously really shaken up about the whole thing though.”

Marshall says that that the tribunal will sit this week and come up with a verdict before the end of the week with a life ban expected to be handed down to the 19-year-old.

“The tribunal will sit this week and the player involved will have his chance to plead his case. I would say the tribunal will be pretty quick with their verdict.”

When asked about how he feels umpires are treated in the AFL, Marshall believes we need to be better when communicating with umpires.

“There just needs to be a lot more respect for umpires. It is a hard game to officiate, and we need to be more respectful to them.”

Tony Shaw weighed in and believes there should be academies for umpires all around the country so that we can give them the best education of the game possible.


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