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AFL admits Jeremy Cameron should have been paid the mark late in loss to Swans

The AFL has admitted Jeremy Cameron should have been paid a mark close to goal with just seconds left in Sydney’s two-point win over Geelong on Saturday night.

With nine seconds on the clock, Cameron took a mark close to goal, on a tight angle, to have a shot that could have won the game. However, the umpire did not pay the mark.

Jeremy Cameron is tackled by Callum Mills in the SCG thriller between the Swans and the Cats.Credit:Getty Images

AFL umpiring boss Dan Richardson admitted it was the wrong call in a press conference on Sunday.

Geelong coach Chris Scott said after the game that it was “clear” the ball went 15 metres.

“If Cameron had have had that shot, he’s the best person to have – the left-footer – from that spot, he rarely misses from there. [But] it’s unfair to cherry-pick the last couple of minutes without looking at the overall game,” he said. “The thing that will be difficult to swallow over the next couple of days is the fact we had control of the game, we were outplaying them and we couldn’t put the nail in the coffin.”



“But it’s a different perspective for the umpire, he can’t go back and replay the vision. They’re tough calls.”

Right at the end of the game Swans midfielder James Rowbottom was tackled by Geelong’s Joel Selwood as the siren went. Selwood would have received a free kick directly in front of goal to win the match, but Richardson said this decision was correct.

Geelong beat Brisbane by one point in round two but the AFL conceded after that game that the Lions should have had a free kick in front of goal after Zac Bailey was not paid holding the ball on Mark Blicavs.

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