AFL 50% Confident Rules Won't Change Next Week

AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan has emphatically asserted that he is "50% certain" that there will be no rule changes next week.

Photo: David Caird

Photo: David Caird

At a press conference McLachlan answered questions on the Match Review Panel and the contentious issue of "jumper punching." Geelong forward Tom Hawkins has been offered a one-match ban for a strike upon Adelaide's Matt Crouch.

"We think the MRP has got it right today, so that's where it stands. It is what it is," McLachlan said.

When a journalist asked whether this new interpretation would stand next Monday, McLachlan replied: "I am 50% certain that that will be the case. It will be what it will be."

Two weeks ago McLachlan made it clear he didn't like the look of jumper punches, and then one of his deputies said players were "on notice" about the issue, but, as usual, fines were doled out instead of suspensions.

Until today. AFL fans are likely to be complaining about the issue for the rest of the week.