Saints star’s ‘disgraceful’ moment infuriates footy legends
Footy legends have been left infuriated at the moment Saints star Max King appeared to “flop” in the final quarter of the Swans’ nail-biting win at the SCG Saturday.
King’s act to deceive the umpires was one of several umpire decisions that have caused friction across the footy world.
Sydney left it until the last minute to seal a nine-point win in a match where Saints forward Jack Higgins had a chance to put St Kilda ahead in the final minute.
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His set-shot attempt would have put the umpire’s decision on King further under the microscope had the Saints walked away with the four points.
Even with the Swans winning it remains the biggest talking point to emerge from the contest.
Josh Battle was gifted a goal when Swans defender Dane Rampe made minimal contact with Kings’ back as they moved to the goal line.
Dane Rampe makes contact with Max King.Source:Supplied
Battle had been lining up from a difficult angle from the 50m arc, but a 50m penalty paid against Rampe for the tap on King allowed him to tap it in from 1m out.
When replays showed Rampe’s touch, footy legends Garry Lyon and Jonathan Brown were staggered.
“Oh my lord,” Lyon said on Fox Footy.
"Oh my lord, oh my goodness."
The Saints kicked a goal after this 50 metre penalty. #AFLSwansSaintspic.twitter.com/WPeiF0PdVr
“Oh my lord. Oh my goodness me. I’m a bit speechless.”
Brown said: “No wonder they’re blowing up.
“That wasn’t there that’s a mistake by the umpires. Max King fell over too easy. He looks tired, Max King.”
Fox Footy’s Brenton Speed called it a “flop”.
Collingwood great Dane Swan was much more scathing — mostly at the umpires.
Max King went limp in the fourth quarter. Photo: Kayo.Source:Supplied
“2 of the most disgraceful 50’s of all time then. Should be fined for flopping,” he posted on Twitter.
“And the umps should be embarrassed.”
A similar, soft 50m penalty went against the Swans minutes later when a late-arriving Sam Wicks put a hand on Nick Coffield as he took a mark on the last line. It sent him to the ground and another 50 was paid.
St Kilda took the ball to the other end of the ground and Membrey kicked his second to make it a one-goal game.
The Swans held on in a thriller.
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