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Red-card system ‘definitely should happen’, says West Coast midfielder Andrew Gaff

West Coast midfielder Andrew Gaff believes he shouldn’t have been allowed back on to the field after his off-the-ball hit on Docker Andrew Brayshaw in the round 20 western derby.

Gaff, whose brutal punch ended both of their seasons and ruined his chances of playing in the Eagles’ premiership, said introducing a red-card system in the AFL “definitely should happen”.

The 26-year-old said he had checked out mentally following the third-quarter incident, highlighted by vision of him being consoled by West Coast coach Adam Simpson on the sidelines soon after.

“I think the red-card system is the right thing to do,” Gaff told The Age.

Andrew Gaff copped an eight-game ban for breaking Andrew Brayshaw’s jaw in the round 20 western derby.Andrew Gaff copped an eight-game ban for breaking Andrew Brayshaw’s jaw in the round 20 western derby.
Camera IconAndrew Gaff copped an eight-game ban for breaking Andrew Brayshaw’s jaw in the round 20 western derby.Picture: Getty Images

“I have no doubt I would have and should have got a red card that day and therefore I wouldn’t have been out there.

“I think it definitely should happen. But it needs to be obvious, where you only see two to three a year.”

AFL football boss Steve Hocking said after last month’s AFL grand final that the rule would be considered next season.

Gaff, who recently re-signed with the Eagles on a long-term deal, said his red-card views were the same before he broke Brayshaw’s jaw.

“I thought red card was a good thing even years before this. Especially if the victim or the person it happens to – Andrew or Callum Mills in the Tom Bugg scenario – if they definitely can’t come back for the game, that person should be out as well,” he said.

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