In the wake of the Jamie Elliot/Travis Varcoe scandal, the AFL has moved swiftly to make similar incidents reportable.
Last week, Jamie Elliot failed to acknowledge teammate Travis Varcoe’s effort in the build up to Elliott’s goal.
“What we saw on Thursday night is something I never want to see repeated,” said AFL Operations Manger Mark Evans.
“From now on failing to hug, high five or tap a teammate on the bum after a goal will see that player referred to the Match Review Panel.”
Under the new guidelines, players will need to show a public display of affection (PDAs) after every goal. Approved PDAs include:
- High five
- High ten
- Missed high five
- Jumping high five
- Hugs lasting more than five seconds but less than ten
- Tap on the bum
- Arm around shoulder briefly
- Putting faces close together while both yelling something incomprehensible
- Handshake with some cool addition
- Awkward handshake/high five combination
- Group hug
- Tussling of the goal kickers hair like they’re five years old
- Staring deep into the goal kickers eyes while telling them they complete you
While some in the game have welcomed the move, one group is far from happy, defenders.
“So I’ve got to run all the way to the forward line every time someone kicks a goal?” said Hawthorn’s Josh Gibson.
“I play for Hawthorn, I’ll be knackered by the second quarter. We don’t have Travis Cloke in our team.
“Thanks a bloody lot Jamie!”