Hawthorn gun James Sicily has admitted he has no idea what constitutes umpire disrespect after his AFL side copped a dubious free kick in their upset win against Geelong.
Cats power forward Tom Hawkins went flying in the third quarter of the MCG clash after a minor push from his Hawks opponent, with his effort to possibly draw attention from the AFL’s match review officer for staging.
Hawks pair Tom Mitchell and Jack Gunston were seen talking to an umpire after the decision and raising their arms as they protested, resulting in a 50-metre penalty being awarded.
“You both looked at the (big) screen (for the replay),” the umpire was heard saying on TV coverage.
“And then you had your arms out … it’s umpire respect, OK?”
Sicily said he was not clear what the umpires’ interpretation was regarding interactions with players and what represents disrespect.
“It’s a difficult one, I feel like if it’s not demonstrative … sometimes it’s just a reflex, it’s been that way for so long,” he told Fox Footy.
“The rule is there to implement what they’re trying to implement, we’ve got to try and respect it as much as possible.
“But it’s definitely hard when games get as tight as they do, emotions are high.”
Former Melbourne great Garry Lyon labelled the umpiring a disgrace and said AFL football operations boss Brad Scott must sort it out immediately.
“What we’ve seen over the course of the weekend suggests there’s a crisis that Brad Scott’s got to sort out,” Lyon told Fox Footy.
“He sorts it out (on Monday) morning otherwise it’s a disgrace.”