Brad Crouch lands himself in hot water for big bump on Brisbane star Darcy Gardiner – but fans take aim at the AFL for ‘endorsing high contact’ after controversial Patrick Cripps decision
- Brad Crouch has landed himself in hot water for a big bump on Darcy Gardiner
- The St Kilda star made high contact on his Brisbane rival on Friday evening
- However, fans have taken aim at the AFL over their controversial stance
- Patrick Cripps was let off despite a seemingly textbook case against him
The AFL has given itself a dilemma after Brad Crouch seemingly landed himself in hot water for a big bump on Darcy Gardner in the wake of the Patrick Cripps decision.
St Kilda star Crouch made high contact with Gardner’s head during the clash at Marvel Stadium on Friday night, leaving the Lions gun in a heap on the turf.
The incident would appear a textbook slam dunk case for the match review panel, but the tribunal’s decision to overturn a two-match ban against Carlton skipper Cripps has thrown the case wide open.
Cripps was surprisingly declared free to play despite inciting a heavy collision with Callum Ah Chee on Sunday, leading to widespread backlash from footy fans.
And supporters have taken to Twitter to take aim at the AFL, claiming that Crouch should not have a case to answer after the Cripps controversy.
‘That’s ok, the AFL endorse the high contact,’ one fan posted. ‘Play on Brad and enjoy the rest of the game and well done on the high contact, we love it…’
Another said: ‘Play on. Precedence has been set.’ While a third joked: ‘Put a blues jumper on, nothing to see here.’
A fourth fan advised St Kilda: ‘Appeal it twice get some good lawyers and should be fine.’
More to follow.