CLUNES is not seeking further action despite an incident in Saturday’s Central Highlands Football League senior clash with Gordon.
But under new laws, introduced a few years ago, the infringement now results in a free kick and a 50m penalty. The head-count happened when the Eagles were some 40 points in front of the Magpies, who stormed home to be beaten by just seven points at the final siren.
Clunes president Doug Garth said Magpies co-coach Justin Johns was asked by officiating umpires what he wanted to do, and accepted a free kick from the centre square. Garth said no 50m penalty was given.
Garth, who contacted the league yesterday, said he did not want Gordon to be docked its points, but was disappointed that the umpires were unaware of the current rules.
“The message to the league was that basically I didn’t want to cause any trouble.
‘‘I just wanted to make sure if we are going to pay umpires to a do a job, we hope they are up to date on the rules for different situations like this,” he said.
Garth said under no circumstance did he think Gordon had meant to have too many players on the ground.
“Gordon outplayed us all day and if we are going to win the game, we wanted to win it on our own merits,” he said. “Four points is not as important as integrity.
“It would have been fantastic to win it, but not under those circumstances.”
League spokesman Gerard Ryan said umpires had not yet reported the incident, which was a requirement before the league could investigate the matter.