Conor McGregor brands Khabib Nurmagomedov “homophobic” in deleted x-rated rant


Conor McGregor launched an astonishing Twitter rant about his former UFC rival Khabib Nurmagomedov – labelling the Russian ‘homophobic’.

The two went head-to-head at UFC 229 in October 2018 with Nurmagomedov successfully defending his lightweight title via submission.

There had been extensive speculation regarding a rematch only for the former lightweight world champ to announce his retirement.

Nurmagomedov, 32, decided he would be leaving the UFC following his win over Justin Gaethje in October of last year, a decision which has since been confirmed.

However, that has done little to stop McGregor taking shots at his old foe in a series of now-deleted posts on the social media site.



Khabib Nurmagomedov beat Conor McGregor in 2018
Khabib Nurmagomedov beat Conor McGregor in 2018

The Notorious was initially responding to a user who claimed the commentary on their bout was biased towards his opponent.

He replied: “Real dirty. I’ve felt the commentary wrath a few times. Imagine this was the round I had won too.

“The guy was holding onto me crying to referee saying I was breaking the rules or some s***.

“And they try and say that I said this only business s***. Absolute horse plop.”



McGregor began by responding to a criticism of the commentary of his UFC 229 fight with Khabib
McGregor began by responding to a criticism of the commentary of his UFC 229 fight with Khabib


The Notorious then labelled his old rival as 'homophobic' before deleting posts
The Notorious then labelled his old rival as ‘homophobic’ before deleting posts

And in a subsequent reply to a tweet which claimed he cheated by holding Khabib’s shorts, he said: “I wasn’t holding his shorts! I was ramming my fingers up his homophobic ass.

“And just look at this happy face here. He loves it. He’s a fingers in the booty ass b****.”

Although a rematch with Khabib is unlikely, McGregor will get a chance to exact revenge on his most latest defeat, when he takes on Dustin Poirier in their trilogy deciding fight in July.

The Irishman has promised a ‘flawless performance’ as he looks to re-enter the title picture at 155lbs.

“July 10th I will do this absolutely flawlessly,’ McGregor said. “We have these clowns sussed and fully!

“They wanna play a game of tactics? No problem, see you in there.

“You’ve awoken a beast. A beast with the backing of a much higher power!

“Say your prayers.”



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Khloe Kardashian’s expletive rant to a fan on Instagram


Khloe Kardashian has unleashed fury on a fan, after they implied that she hasn’t allowed her younger sister Kylie Jenner to befriend former bestie Jordyn Woods, after the Tristan Thompson scandal.

The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star, 36, has been spending more and more time with Tristan during the COVID-19 pandemic, something that has been heavily featured on their reality show.

Despite cheating on her with Jordyn, 23, the pair seemed to have rekindled their relationship.

In a scene from a new trailer, Kim Kardashian is seen having an honest conversation with the NBA star about he and Khloe’s fraught relationship.

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That particular scene was uploaded to a Kardashian fan page, with one fan commenting: “So, is Kylie allowed to be friends with Jordyn again?”

Well, the comment didn’t go unnoticed by Khloe, who responded with an explosive rant.

“I’m so sick and tired of this narrative that I control my sister, or I dictate who she chooses to surround herself with,” she wrote.

“Never once have I ever, and i mean EVER, told my sister who she can be friends with. She is an adult who can do whatever she wants to do. I will support her in anything and everything she wants to do!

“I love my sister unconditionally. That means regardless of who she choose to be friends with, I will always love, respect and value my sister unconditionally!

“She is my life partner, and I will always respect what she chooses!!! By the way, I have no ill feelings towards ANYONE!!! Truly. My heart carries no hatred at all. Unless you actually know what you’re talking about, respectfully, SHUT THE F**K UP!”

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It was in February 2019 that Tristan, 29, kissed Jordyn while at a house party, making it the second time he had cheated on Khloe.

The year prior, it was revealed that Tristan had cheated on then pregnant Khloe with a strip club worker from New York City, named Lani Blair.

They welcomed daughter True on April 14, 2018.

Khloe took Tristan back after the first cheating scandal, but it was his tryst with Jordyn that led them to split.

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In this newest trailer, it is clear that Tristan wants to get back with Khloe, but believes she is letting other people’s opinions hold her back.

“So what’s going on with you and Khloe?” asked Kim, 40.

“Some days are good and some days she gets a little frustrated with what’s going on with the media,” he replied.

“I don’t think it’s about her getting over the past things you guys have been through,” added Kim. “I think it’s just mostly what other people are going to think. I think she’s totally fine otherwise she wouldn’t be hanging out with you 24/7.”

“She’s just carrying a suitcase of other people’s opinions,” Thompson added.

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Cuomo critic LOCKED by Twitter for ‘harm’ of parody-quoting infamous anti-Trump rant by Rep. Maxine Waters — RT USA News



A critic of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has been locked by Twitter for inciting “abuse and harassment” over a post that simply quoted a famous anti-Trump speech by Rep. Maxine Waters (D-California), with names changed.

Twitter told the user @CuomoWatch that his account was locked for violating the policy against “targeted harassment” because the January 28 post was inciting violence and hoping someone might experience physical harm, according to a screenshot posted Friday afternoon by Donald Trump Jr.

The former president’s son noted that the user was quoting verbatim the rant by Waters, only substituting “Cuomo” for “Trump.”

“If you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them, and you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere,” Waters told a crowd in California in June 2018. She later repeated it on television as well.

Her rhetoric followed the attacks on White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and President Donald Trump’s adviser Stephen Miller.



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Democrats had organized protests targeting Trump administration officials over the president’s immigration policy seeking to deter illegal border crossings. The Biden administration’s first actions were to revoke Trump’s border policies and say immigrants, refugees and asylum-seekers will be welcome to the US in record numbers.

Cuomo, a Democrat, has drawn criticism from New Yorkers of all political persuasions over his draconian Covid-19 lockdown policies – but mainly for his orders that those infected with the coronavirus be admitted to nursing homes, resulting in the deaths of over 15,000 of elderly patients.

Earlier this week, a Cuomo aide admitted they were hiding the exact extent of the disaster so as to keep the Justice Department under Trump from investigating and prosecuting them, sparking fresh condemnations. According to the aide herself, the stonewalling worked and the DOJ never opened a probe. 



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Twitter has also faced criticism for what appears to be highly selective and arbitrary enforcement of its rules. While a Cuomo’s critic was banned for parody, the same rule was used in October to ban a self-described socialist over a metaphor, and the conservative undercover journalism shop Project Veritas was “permanently suspended” on Thursday for allegedly doxxing a Facebook executive. 

However, Twitter decided that the anti-Trump ex-Republicans at the Lincoln Project were not in violation of their rules, even after posting improperly obtained private messages in order to shame a former employee and a reporter.

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Racist rant loses NZ station sponsors


Major New Zealand radio network Magic Talk faces a sponsor backlash after broadcasting racist views during a talkback show.

A Magic Talk caller described Maori as “genetically predisposed to crime, alcohol and underperformance educationally” and “a stone-age people” in an offensive rant.

Magic Talk presenter John Banks, a former Auckland mayor and MP, failed to stop Tuesday’s caller, instead thanking the man for his call, saying “if their stone-age culture doesn’t change, these people will come through your bathroom window”.

The exchange was posted on social media site TikTok, before spreading to other platforms.

By Wednesday, outraged social media users were petitioning Magic Talk advertisers to pull their support of the station.

Telecommunications giant Vodafone and TradeMe, a major online sales website, responded by saying they would.

The backlash extended to New Zealand Cricket (NZC) – given Magic Talk holds the rights to broadcast Black Caps matches – which said it was “disgusted and appalled by an indefensibly racist” exchange.

NZC suggested it could walk away from that broadcast deal, saying “should strong action not be taken NZC reserves its right to review its relationship with Magic Talk”.

A third major sponsor, Kiwibank, said it was “removing our ads from the Magic Talk website and we’ll be talking directly with (station owner) MediaWorks on how they could better encourage a diverse and inclusive NZ”.

After a 30-year political career including two stints as a cabinet minister, Mr Banks is well known in New Zealand for his right-wing views.

The 74-year-old said he “was not racist” in an on-air apology, saying his views “could have been misconstrued as racist”.

Magic Talk announced later on Wednesday they had dumped him as a presenter, a position he held for the summer break.



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What Tom Cruise’s COVID-19 Rant Really Means


Yet Cruise’s outburst is also indicative of how film sets have become pressure cookers during the pandemic. Mounting a production that follows health and safety guidelines could add about $1 million to the average movie shoot, making it even more important that the process go smoothly to be worth the cost. Industry unions took four months to reach an agreement over sick leave and quarantine pay—and still the guidelines can be hard to navigate and even harder to fulfill, with the necessity of frequent testing, stocks of personal protective equipment, and a complex zone-based system to limit contact. Plus, projects that result in positive cases have to pause production. As a crew member on a film shoot told Variety in September, “You need a baseline of anxiety to do this job well.”

These hurdles and high stakes have left the industry’s fate in the hands of Hollywood’s most powerful players—those people and studios that can afford the costs of such legal and logistical headaches. According to The Sun, the British tabloid that leaked the audio, Cruise paid $676,000 for a cruise ship that would allow the cast and crew to isolate. The über-producer Tyler Perry turned his Atlanta-based studios into a compound to quarantine his casts and crews, flying people in from various parts of the country on private planes. Universal spent $6–$8 million on safety protocols to film the next Jurassic World sequel, commissioning a private medical facility to handle tests, and quarantining the entire cast and crew for months. In the short term, this means more projects in the pipeline to keep Tinseltown busy. In the long term, though, the shift only widens Hollywood’s power imbalance, creating an industry dependent on the wealthiest studios and celebrities.

Cruise has clearly been frustrated by the turmoil of 2020, and he has good reason to be. But his angry tirade harms more than it heals, and praising his remarks, as many people have on social media, overlooks how little control crew members have amid the pandemic. Their need for employment makes them vulnerable to the industry’s deep-rooted problem of workplace abuse, desperate to meet the demands of movie stars and producers who can justify their risky business decisions as efforts to save the industry. Cruise can afford to position himself as Hollywood’s hero—to yell without consequence, to keep aiming for that “gold standard”—even if it means further tension and stress for his staffers. Behind-the-scenes workers don’t have that luxury. All they can do—as five crew members have reportedly done on the set of Mission: Impossible 7 after a second rant from the star—is quit.


In images released of Cruise on set in Europe, he’s masked. The mask he wears in many pictures, however, appears to use valves—the kind the CDC dissuades people from using, because the valves release particles from the wearer, endangering those around him. Hollywood’s approach to the pandemic—the reams of protocols, the ballooning budgets—has the same problem: protecting only a few while putting on a show of safety for the rest.



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Gary Ablett Sr’s coronavirus conspiracy theory rant


AFL legend Gary Ablett Sr. has uploaded a lengthy face-to-camera video in which he claims the coronavirus was “deliberately made and designed, and deliberately released” by the Illuminati and other secret societies.

The 27-minute video titled “What’s really going on and who’s behind it all” was uploaded to YouTube on Thursday. In it, the 58-year-old shares a number of conspiracy theories related to COVID-19.

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“I feel a little bit motivated and compelled to come out and say some things that really need to be said concerning our current circumstances,” Ablett Sr. said.

“We’re talking about the Illuminati, Freemasonry fraternities, secret society people who are behind all this. It’s been going on now since the plans all started with the Illuminati way back in 1776.

“They’ve been working on this for a long time to bring in the new world order. They’re all globalists wanting a new world order so they can put Lucifer on the throne of the world.

“This virus was deliberately made and designed, and deliberately released by these people because they’re using it as camouflage for their many globalist agendas, including the main one to crash the global economy.

“They’re desperate to crash the global economy because they want to bring in a new global digital currency, cashless society that will lead to the mark of the beast which is revealed in Revelations.

“The Illuminati’s goal is also to reduce to the population of the world to 500 million … because 7.7 billion people are too hard to control.

“If you do your studying, the vaccines they’re planning to give us are very harmful to us and will kill us. And that’s what they’re trying to do, they want to wipe out a huge portion of the population.”

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Ablett Sr. also suggests the global epidemic shows the second coming of Jesus Christ is “imminent”.

“I’ve studied a lot of end-time Bible prophecy, and it’s all happening right now, I can definitely tell you we’re in the last days leading up to the second coming of Jesus Christ,” Ablett Sr. said.

“He came the first time as the lamb, and died on the cross for our sins, and he’s coming back now but this time as a king.

“He is going to come back and take over, and he’s going to crush the evil one and all evil, and he will set up his throne literally in Jerusalem … it’s all about to happen.

“The rapture of the church is close; it’s imminent.”

The Geelong great also labels Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews a “puppet”.

“I’m not normally one to come out and do videos like this but I feel that angry at what’s going on, the corruption, the high level corruption,” Ablett Sr. said.

“We need to wake up Australians. We need to wake up and rise up and stand against this stuff.”

Ablett Sr. is a four-time All-Australian and three-time Coleman Medallist. He was inducted into the Australian football Hall of Fame and was named in the AFL Team of the Century.



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Garry Lyon explodes in half time rant after ‘insipid’ Demons vs Port Adelaide


Melbourne Demons legend Garry Lyon has turned a blowtorch on his own club in a seething half time rant on Thursday night.

Lyon completely roasted the Demons with a series of stunning criticisms as he turned the half time break on Fox Footy into an unforgiving pile on.

Fox Footy colleagues and fellow AFL legends Jonathan Brown and Nick Riewoldt branded the Demons’ sloppy first half “crap” and “shambolic” respectively — but it was the absolute dismay and rage on Lyon’s face that stole the show.

Lyon had clearly had enough after watching his club crash to a 6.6 (42) to 1.3 (9) half time deficit against the Power in Brisbane.

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The Demons didn’t kick a goal until the 23-minute mark of the second quarter.

When the Fox Footy broadcast returned to the Melbourne studio for Lyon, Riewoldt and Brown to analyse where Melbourne had fallen apart, Lyon exploded.

He described Demons players as “flaky” — suggesting they had folded in embarrassing fashion when facing the daunting task of playing two games in five days — backing up from their Sunday loss to the Brisbane Lions.

“We asked the question before the game. There is one of these teams contending and on the back of that (first half), one of them is thoroughly pretending,” Lyon said.

“Port Adelaide were clinical. Melbourne were pathetic.

“They serve this up year after year after year and they have to own it. It was an insipid performance.

“Today you can question them. I don’t think there was any want or desire. Their inability to execute fundamental skill levels was shambolic.”

He later said: “It was embarrassing and there’s no other way to look at it.”

He would not have enjoyed the second half either as the Power continued to put the Demons to the sword before the final siren sounded on a 12.11 (83) to 4.8 (32) thumping.

Jonathan Brown was particularly scathing of the Demons’ failure to respond to the added spice in the Demons-Power rivalry after Port Adelaide last year repeatedly bashed Demons star Max Gawn in a physical contest.

Their failure to seek revenge for the Power’s 2019 ambush was unacceptable, he said.

“Instead they’ve come out and served up that crap,” Brown said.

Channel 7’s Brian Taylor was also scathing of the Demons’ lifeless performance.

“They’re playing nice football at the moment, Melbourne. They need to be not so nice. Port are just doing as they please,” he said.

Other AFL commentators were just as furious at the Demons’ failure to make the Power earn the four competition points.

The Demons have now won just eight of the 31 games they have played since they were destroyed by West Coast in the 2018 preliminary final.

Seven’s boundary rider Daisy Pearce said at the start of the third quarter the Demons’ fatigue was noticeable with players appearing to be completely wiped out by their shorter turnaround.

The Demons now have just xix days before their next match against the Crows at the Adelaide Oval on Wednesday.



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Shoaib Akhtar blames BCCI for T20 World Cup postponement in latest rant | Cricket News


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MUMBAI: In a scathing attack on the BCCI, former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar has alleged that the Indian cricket board played a role in the ICC postponing the T20 World Cup later this year to provide a window for the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Akhtar also opined that the Asia Cup, which was cancelled earlier this month, could have been held. “Asia Cup could have definitely happened, it would have been a great chance for India and Pakistan to play against each other. There are many reasons behind this. I don’t want to get into that,” Akhtar told Geo Cricket on YouTube.
“T20 World Cup could have also happened, but I had already said earlier that they won’t let it happen. IPL should not be damaged, let the World Cup go to hell,” Akhtar said.
The postponement of the men’s T20 World Cup in Australia — from October 18 to November 15 — due to COVID-19 pandemic, has meant that the is a great chance for the IPL to take place later this year. The BCCI plans to stage the tournament in UAE.
Akhtar also dragged in the ‘Monkeygate’ controversy, which took place in 2008, to illustrate his point. The ‘Rawalpindi Express’ indicated that it was the influence of the BCCI that ‘saved’ Harbhajan Singh during the controversy surrounding Australian cricketer Andrew Symonds. The veteran India off-spinner was accused of hurling racial taunts at Australia all-rounder Andrew Symonds during the second Test in Sydney.
“Sometimes they get easy wickets in Melbourne, at times someone calls another person a monkey but gets saved, the talk goes to boycotting the series. I am asking the Australians, where are their ethics?” Akhtar said. He also slammed Cricket Australia (CA) for its role in the controversial episode.
“You made kids cry for scratching a cricket ball and they got away by calling someone a monkey. They (the BCCI) said to end the series and they (Australian Board) said no such incident happened. Are these your moral grounds, did you not get the sounds on the mic?” Akhtar asked.



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Halifax taxi driver speaks out after racist passenger rant


HALIFAX —
A Halifax taxi driver is speaking out after video was shared online showing a male passenger hurling racial slurs at him after being asked to wear a mask.

Kuldip Dhunna says he was driving a passenger to a hotel in downtown Halifax on Thursday, when the passenger began coughing.

“I just told him very politely, ‘sir, next time when you take a cab, please put a mask on’, and he started saying, ‘go back to where you came from’,” says Dhunna.

Dhunna says the passenger responded by lashing out, using offensive language and racial slurs and telling Dhunna to ‘go back where he came from’.

“So I told him, ‘you can go, you can get away from my car now’, and he said that ‘immigrants are taking our jobs away’. I said, ‘I am a Canadian citizen, and we still need immigrants, Canada still needs immigrants’,” recalls Dhunna.

The encounter was caught on Dhunna’s dashcam. His daughter Shivani shared it on her Instagram page, where it has been viewed over 50,000 times. Another daughter, Simran, posted it to Twitter, where it has nearly 200,000 views in less than 48 hours.

“I’m happy she did, because first I sent the video to my family, and my daughter was crying and said she was going to post it to social media. At first I said, ‘no don’t, I have to ask my company’,” says Dhunna. “But she said it would raise awareness and I’m happy she did because so many people, white, brown and Black, are supporting me, because I didn’t do anything wrong.”

After the man exited Dhunna’s vehicle, the driver called the non-emergency police line to report the incident.

Halifax Regional Police say officers have determined there were no grounds for criminal charges, but a spokesperson for the force says the comments were ‘offensive’ and if more information comes to light, police would consider reopening the investigation.

“Under the criminal code, there generally has to be a crime associated with the offensive slurs, such as an assault or property damage, or if it is in public and inciting hate. It does need to meet those elements for us to pursue it under the criminal code,” explained Sgt. Tanya Chambers-Spriggs of the Halifax Regional Police.

The president of a local taxi drivers’ association says that offensive behaviour towards drivers is all too common.

“This situation shouldn’t be happening in taxis at all,” says Darshan Virk, president of the United Cab Drivers Association of Halifax. “Nobody has to attack each other, a person’s colour, religion, language or accent, they are not the choice of the driver, they come where the person was born.”

Dhunna says he has been living in Halifax for more than 11 years, and driving a taxi for nearly 10. He says he has had minor confrontations with passengers in the past, but this one especially affected him.

“This was very hurtful to me because he told me to go back to your country, but Canada is my country. I got my citizenship in 2013, I don’t have Indian citizenship anymore. I’m Canadian, where do I go?” asks Dhunna.

He says he is considering speaking to the Canadian Human Rights Commission to file a complaint.

“There should be a law implemented. I think about other new immigrants coming to the province after me, my family, my kids and grandkids, how would they feel? There should be something to hold them accountable.”

Dhunna says he is taking a couple days off from driving, but will return to his taxi next week.



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AFL legends discuss ways to fix ‘ugly footy’ after Hawks coach Alastair Clarkson’s brutal state of the game rant


Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson’s withering slam on the AFL has had the desired effect, sparking a discussion over what the league needs to do to correct the game’s trajectory.

While the 2020 season has been up in the air for the AFL after Victoria’s COVID-19 outbreak, the game has been reeling after a weekend of games that were widely panned.

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Geelong and Melbourne shared two goals each in the first half in a dour and lacklustre game at the MCG, before Clarkson let rip in a withering attack on the league.

The Hawks coach had a series of quotes that took aim at the game, calling his side’s thrilling win over the Kangaroos “a dreadful game” and pleading for the umpires to call holding the ball free kicks.

While saying it wasn’t the umpires’ fault, he said “What a shame we’re not encouraging our players to play the game properly”, called it a “terrible spectacle” and that “the game is in a dreadful space”.

AFL boss Gillon McLachlan even said that the holding the ball interpretations need fixing but disagreed with Clarkson’s assessment of the state of the game.

The Herald Sun’s Mark Robinson even wrote that the Geelong-Melbourne game showed “why football is in danger of strangling itself” as the AFL world took aim.

With suggestions from Clarkson to pay the holding the ball free kicks and Geelong’s Chris Scott calling for “16 v 16” games, it was just the start of the changes.

On SEN, Garry Lyon said sides could be forced to keep two players inside the 50m arc, Fox Sports commentator Brenton Speed wanted only forward kicks to be ruled as marks and cricket legend and former St Kilda prospect Shane Warne put in his two cents.

But on Fox Footy’s On the Couch, the panel of footy legends slammed the footy on display.

“I haven‘t enjoyed the footy,” Lyon said. ”I don’t want to talk the game down. It’s been pretty uninspiring footy but that’s where we’re at.”

Former Saints skipper Nick Riewoldt said there were moments of exciting footy but added that the players were rusty having never had to deal with this before.

However, three-time Brisbane Lions premiership winner Jonathan Brown said the game had been “on a slippery slope for probably the past 15 years” but needs ”cosmetic surgery” rather than the nuclear option.

The biggest issue is that coaches are coaching their players to take advantage because free kicks aren‘t being paid.

The panel all agreed that the coaches don‘t have the responsibility to make the game attractive either.

But 1988 Brownlow Medallist Gerard Healy put a three-year plan to make the game more attractive together because he believes the AFL is in a “critical period”.

In year one, he would:

– Reduce rotations to 32

– Kick length from 15m to 25-30m

– Team prior opportunity with time for the ball winner and no time for the receiver

The aim of the suggestion is to “add fatigue” while he believes the ”short kick is killing football, it drives me to insanity”.

Lyon stopped Healy at the point of the longer kick, saying “too much 25-30 Gerard”.

Healy said “I‘m happy to negotiate”.

In year two:

– Reduce rotations to zero, no rotations, the ball is still going to go quicker,“ Healy said.

“Get fatigue back in

In year three if needed:

– Zone four players each inside forward 50 at each stoppage, including one in the goalsquare.

Lyon said he liked the suggestions but added one of his own – “throw the damn ball up at a stoppage”.

“Don‘t sit there and wait for seven, eight, nine seconds for two blokes to nominate each other for a ball up,” Lyon said.

“One from each side goes up, get the game going and get it moving.”

Riewoldt said there were several areas the game could pull on to make the game more attractive and force the players to take risks without ruining the integrity of the game.

Brown turned to the NRL for a lesson, pointing to Peter V‘landys’ decision to bring in the six again rule for ruck infringements, which has sped up the game with less stoppages and added fatigue with changes to the number of interchanges in previous seasons.

“At the end of this year, I would absolutely restrict rotation but you need to show leadership,” he said.

“Yes consult the coaches but you need to come up and make a decision and be strong with it. We know that a lot of the NRL were against the rule change but I think everyone would agree to a man that that has been a significant positive to the game and I think the same could happen.

“Why are we scared of change?”

On Channel 9’s Footy Classified, Matthew Lloyd said he would have backwards kicks as play on, extend the kick length to 20m and reduce umpire involvement with the ball ups, while Kane Cornes said he would limit the interchange to 60, scrap the nominated ruck rule and have the last possession out of bounds free kick.

Then again, Cornes has taken aim at Clarkson as “one of the great overreactions I’ve seen from a coach” with all the restrictions in place, arguing “all coaches care about is winning, they don‘t care about the state of the game”.

For the AFL, there are plenty of rules that have been thrown up and it will be interesting to see if the game will pull the trigger with any of them.



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