Clarkson backed possible changes to the AFL match review system on FoxFooty’s ‘AFL360’ on Monday.
Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson has backed possible changes to the AFL match-review panel, but says any changes made now have come too late for his star forward Jarryd Roughead.
Roughead has been offered a one-match ban for tripping Melbourne’s Dom Tyson on Saturday, and is set to miss the Hawks’ crunch game with Fremantle in Perth this weekend unless he successfully challenges the charge at the tribunal.
The 27-year-old’s charge was worth just 80 demerit points and a reprimand.
However, due to Roughead’s carryover points, not even an early-guilty plea would free him to play to Dockers.
Clarkson told FoxFooty’s AFL360 program on Monday that although it was unfortunate any changes would be too late for Roughead, he supported amendments being made to the match review system.
“If it gets changed it will be unfortunate for Nat Fyfe and Roughie and those guys who have perhaps been penalised throughout the course of this year,” Clarkson said.
“If it’s something they’ve recognised is a weakness in the current system and they look to improve it, that’s a good thing for the game.
“Now for those guys who suffer the consequences at the present time it’s not so great. But anything that works towards the system being better then I think it’s a good thing.”