Magpies ruckman free to play as ‘bump’ issue continues to swirl.
A key component of the contentious high bump rule saved Collingwood ruckman Darren Jolly as fans and pundits continue to be divided on how the rule is being enforced in the AFL.
The AFL match review panel decided Jolly’s hit on Geelong midfielder Mathew Stokes was below the impact required to be a reportable offence.
Under the rule governing the bump, it must be forceful high contact, an aspect often overlooked by critics, for the offending player to be charged and penalised.
After studying video of the second-quarter incident, the panel also said most of the contact was to Stokes’ chest.
Check out the AFL Match Review Panel’s explanation of the weekend’s charges.