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Footy fans hit out after St Kilda’s Dan Butler awarded controversial on-the-siren goal against Richmond

Did we just witness Sirengate 2.0?

Saint Dan Butler managed to sneak home St Kilda’s second goal with milliseconds to spare.

But it appeared the kick itself came after the clock ran down on quarter time.

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In the 7 broadcast, Butler’s kick did come before the siren sounded, but footy fans and Richmond coach Damien Hardwick were united in questioning if the siren was delayed.

Hardwick was spotted in the coach’s box saying “no way”.

And despite being questioned by Tiger Dylan Grimes, the umpires were happy to give the all clear on the goal.

“I think it’s a goal. I didn’t hear it before the kick,” umpire Shaun Ryan was heard saying.

“The emergency (umpire) that was closest to the siren said ‘goal’.

“The rule is when we first hear it, which I think was just after he kicked it.”

The goal was much-needed for the Saints who were largely camped inside their defensive 50 in the first term.

It was not the only controversial call in the Saints-Tigers clash with St Kilda seemingly robbed of a goal late in the second.

The goal umpire concluded Nick Vlastuin touched Jack Sinclair’s attempted goal before it bounced over the line, but subsequent replays showed the Tiger may have had a fresh air swing.

The ARC review system was used where it was determined there was not enough evidence to confirm Vlastuin didn’t touch the ball and as a result, the goal umpire’s call of touched remained.

“I think they’re a bit stiff there,” commentator James Brayshaw said.

“(Vlastuin) does look guilty there,” Bruce McAvaney added.

That was the final scoring play for the first half, with Richmond taking a 31-point lead into the main break.

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