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‘I don’t agree with it, I think it’s stupid’ – Chris Masten lines up AFL over potential rule changes

‘I don’t agree with it, I think it’s stupid’ – Chris Masten lines up AFL over potential rule changes
26 Jul
10:23

West Coast wingman Chris Masten has given the AFL a whack for a lack of consultation with players about potential rule changes.

The league’s football operations manager Steve Hocking yesterday announced that there were at least six rule changes being considered for next season in a bid to ease the congested nature of this season’s fixtures.

The changes are set to be recommended to the AFL commission for consideration meetings over the next two months.

But the news has not been well received across the league.

Speaking on Melbourne-based Macquarie Sports Radio on Thursday, Masten said the players felt like they had no voice in the discussion.

He was highly critical of both the league’s decision-making process and the idea of any further rule changes.

“I think the AFL is ridiculous. Just leave the sport alone and it will get figured out,” the 29-year-old said.

AFL General Manager Football Operations Steve Hocking.
Camera IconAFL General Manager Football Operations Steve Hocking.Picture: Getty Images

“I don’t agree with it, I think it’s stupid but they’re going to do what they’re going to do.

“I don’t know, maybe I’m a bit old-fashioned but I like the sport the way it is.

He said the players felt overlooked.

“Players have no input in the rules, the AFL literally just do what they want,” he said.

“Especially coming from Western Australia, it’s as if we’re irrelevant over here, so no one is going to listen.”

“I’ve been around for long enough now to realise that we’re pretty much irrelevant, we just rock up on game day.

“We’ve got no say.”

Source: https://thewest.com.au/sport/west-coast-eagles/i-dont-agree-with-it-i-think-its-stupid—chris-masten-lines-up-afl-over-potential-rule-changes-ng-b88908708z

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