The AFL Umpires Association commends the fact that the AFL demonstrated its commitment to the safety of Umpires in the workplace by referring the case to the Tribunal and then seeking a six week penalty, which the AFLUA considered appropriate.

Australian Football Umpires at all levels love the game and commit themselves to the safety of the games participants through their Umpiring and game management. It is critical that this commitment to safety is reciprocated and any behaviour by players, coaches or spectators, that diminishes that sense of safety and security, no matter how minor, must be acted upon. Sending a clear message that it is not acceptable to disrespect the Umpires role in the conduct of the game is critical to providing a safe environment for both players and Umpires alike, particularly at the grassroots level.


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