Buckley calls for AFL review

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley has called for an overhaul of the AFL’s Match Review Panel, saying he was dismayed no Tribunal penalty was handed to Western Bulldogs player Will Minson for stomping.

“I was surprised that there was no sanction for that,” Buckley said on Wednesday.

“It doesn’t have a place in the game but, with grey areas like that, then you’re a bit concerned about what message that is sending down to the lower ranks.”

Minson was given the green light to play against Geelong on Sunday after his stomping charge was downgraded at the tribunal.

Minson was facing a one-match suspension for stomping Sydney midfielder Kieren Jack.

The Bulldogs argued the contact was accidental and did not have enough force to warrant the charge.

The tribunal jury decided to downgrade the offence from intentional to reckless and that, combined with his good record, meant Minson will not miss any games.

Buckley said that at the end of the year, the Match Review Panel should “absolutely” be examined.

There have been criticisms of a lack of consistency this season with the penalties handed out for various offences.

A recent surprise was the charging of Geelong’s Joel Selwood for a seemingly-innocuous push he gave his West Coast brother Adam during a round-20 game.

Buckley said the Minson case had raised queries about the actions of the panel.

“Off the back of that decision, I think there’s plenty of questions that are going to be asked,” he said.

“And so they should be.”

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