Leading umpire cops $5000 fine for reaction to decision at son’s under-13s game


Abood may also be further sanctioned by the Inner West Harbour Junior District Association if found to have contravened their code of conduct.

A written complaint was made by the St George District Cricket Association alleging Abood had acted in an intimidatory manner to their coach and questioned the coach’s sportsmanship in condoning the appeal.

Umpire Gerard Abood.Credit:Getty

The SGDCA claim Abood was also critical of calls made during the second innings of the game when the IWHJCA’s team was in the field.

In a statement to The Tonk, Abood, whose son was playing for the IWHJCA, denies claims he used “foul or intimidating language” but accepts he should not have questioned the umpires’ decisions.

There is also conjecture as to whether the umpire had already called “over”, thereby making the ball dead.

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The incident has shocked officials from both junior associations who are stunned a person of Abood’s standing in the game set such a poor example to children and fellow umpires. They are also questioning how Abood would have responded if a player had not accepted his decisions.

The verdict did not directly affect the result of the game, which SGDCA won by three wickets with 10 balls to spare, or cost Abood’s son the chance to make a century though it did deny him a not out, which affects his average.

The match was part of the under-13 NSW Youth Championships, an official pathway to higher representative honours in the state’s junior program.

“I accept that I have breached Cricket Australia’s code of conduct and apologise unreservedly,” Abood said in a statement sent to The Tonk.

“My actions on the day reported were not reflective of my usual conduct and attitudes around sport and were a lapse of judgment on my part.

“As a volunteer myself, I am very aware of the sacrifices made by people to ensure junior sport thrives. At no time did I use foul or intimidating language but, given my standing in the game, I should have known better than to question decisions made by the officials on the day.

“Again, I am sincerely sorry for my part in this incident and will work hard to restore my reputation as someone who devotes much of his time to upholding, and seeking to ensure that others uphold, the true spirit of cricket.”

Abbott’s Lamborghini ride with Kohli

Leg-spinner Adam Zampa might have a blossoming bromance with Virat Kohli founded on meat-free eating but has he been out for a spin in the India captain’s Lamborghini Gallado?

Sean Abbott has, back in 2015 when the pair were teammates in the Indian Premier League. And he has the selfie to prove it. No doubt, Abbott would love to catch Kohli driving again over the next six limited-overs games.

Like Zampa, Abbott paints a vastly different picture of the Kohli behind the scenes to the aggressive and competitive Kohli the fans have come to see.

“He’s no different to anyone else,” Abbott said recently. “There were times after training where he’d call me and me and Nic Maddinson up to invite us up for a drink or two with all his mates and all the other guys in the team.

“He was very welcoming. I hadn’t known him or met him before going over and you just see this really passionate person on the field who is very outwardly expressive with his emotions.

“It was nice just to see the other side of him away from cricket, behind closed doors. He looks after the people that are around him and makes sure they’re all OK.”

Zampa with the scoop

Whatever Adam Zampa does this season on the field, he’s already doing better than most of us in the media: he has an exclusive interview in the pipeline with Virat Kohli.

The leg-spinner is in the process of launching a podcast, titled “Rare Air” produced in conjunction with the lads from The Grade Cricketer’s Rare Sports label – and he’s landed some decent names as well, none bigger than the most recognised player in world cricket.

Adam Zampa and Virat Kohli have become good friends through their time playing together in the IPL with Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Adam Zampa and Virat Kohli have become good friends through their time playing together in the IPL with Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Kohli has agreed to a chat, though finding the time in a busy schedule to actually do it could be problematic.

Also on Zampa’s list are his great mate Marcus Stoinis and national selector George Bailey.

“It’s in the making. I haven’t started it yet, I haven’t interviewed him yet,” Zampa told The Tonk. “Once the bubble relaxes I’ll sink my teeth into that little project. He’s keen to do it. I think it will be a good way to start the channel.”

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Australian exporters urge Morrison government to take China to world trade umpire | China


A major Australian business group has called on the Morrison government to take China to the world trade umpire, saying attempted talks have failed to resolve the widening dispute with Australia’s largest trading partner.

As seven export sectors braced for potential trade bans, and with ministerial level contact still frozen, the Australian Industry Group told Guardian Australia businesses would have no choice but to look for other markets “if China continues to turn its back on Australian goods and services”.

While the trade minister, Simon Birmingham, described the new sanctions as “rumours” that have not been officially confirmed, Australian trade officials have urged exporters to expand into other markets because the rocky relationship between the two countries is not likely to improve in the near future.

In an editorial, the state-run China Daily warned that Australia would “pay tremendously for its misjudgment” if it continued to back the US government’s efforts to contain China.

The paper urged Australia to “steer clear of Washington’s brinkmanship with China before it is too late”, saying that if Canberra went out of its way to be hostile to Beijing it “will be a decision Australia will come to regret as its economy will only suffer further pain”.

The Labor leader, Anthony Albanese, said it was time for Scott Morrison to “act like the prime minister, not the prime observer” and move quickly to help Australian exporters who fear new trade bans affecting wine, lobster, sugar, coal, timber, barley and copper.

“It’s not good enough to say, ‘Well, no one will take our calls’ while our trade continues to deteriorate,” Albanese said.

“The government needs a plan to deal with this issue, because it has real-world consequences for Australian jobs, for Australian businesses and for the Australian economy.”

If these new bans eventuate, they would represent the latest in a series of trade actions taken by China amid tensions over a range of issues, including Australian investigations into alleged foreign interference, criticism of China over human rights abuses, and the Morrison government’s early call for a global Covid inquiry.

Australian barley exports to China have already largely stopped because of prohibitive 80% tariffs imposed in May, based on claims the product had been “dumped” at artificially low prices and because of unfair subsidies.

The Australian government says it reserves its right to challenge that decision via the World Trade Organization and it is understood to have raised its concerns at a standard WTO committee meeting last week.

Innes Willox, the chief executive of the Australian Industry Group, said businesses would prefer Australia to have strong high-level connections with China, which accounts for 33% of Australia’s total exports, but “when talks break down we need to rely on the independent umpire, the WTO”.

“China and Australia have long been united in advocating for the multilateral trading system and now might be the time to take our disagreements to that forum,” he said.

“Businesses are always looking to diversify but the reality is that no other market has the size or robust demand of China, which is why Australia is just one of 125 countries who count China as their largest trading partner.”

Dr Jeffrey Wilson, the research director of the Perth USAsia Centre, said referring the trade dispute to the independent umpire was a credible option for Australia, even though it could take some time for a decision.

Wilson said he believed Australia had a “very good chance of success” in the barley, cotton and coal cases. The latter two products have reportedly faced disruptions because Chinese authorities issued verbal instructions to certain businesses last month to stop buying from Australia.

On the eve of the potential new trade bans, Austrade officials held a phone hook-up with farming and business representatives on Thursday, the contents of which were first reported by the Australian newspaper.

“Quite frankly they didn’t tell us anything we didn’t know,” said a source from one of the affected sectors who was on the call.

“They couldn’t confirm any facts [about the potential new trade disruptions]. They basically said the relationship with China is poor and it doesn’t look like any chance of that improving in the foreseeable future.

“The main thing was you need to look to diversify your markets.”

It is understood officials also urged exporters to ensure they complied with all labelling and other technical requirements because there was likely to be increased scrutiny at Chinese ports.

While the message was consistent with the government’s previous public calls for trade diversification and warnings that the risk of doing business with China was increasing, it reflects heightened anxiety about how long the trade tensions may last.

Describing the phone hook-up as routine, Birmingham said the government was talking to sectors that were “concerned, understandably, given the media speculating and the rumours circulating about their trade with China”.

Birmingham said the government realised “that the best environment for our exporters to operate in is one in which they have the maximum number of choices available to them” so businesses had the opportunity “to pivot”.

That was why, the trade minister stressed, the government had either signed or was pursuing trade agreements with Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, Canada, Mexico, Indonesia, the European Union and the United Kingdom, along with the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Birmingham said it was “disappointing that Chinese authorities refuse to engage” in talks at a ministerial level but Australia “stands willing to have that type of mature, responsible dialogue”.

“I note that Chinese authorities have given assurances, both publicly through their media spokespeople, and privately, that there is no concerted action of discrimination against Australia, and we want to make sure that they live up to those commitments.”

Guardian Australia understands while there has been no official confirmation of customs blockages in the targeted sectors, the uncertainty has already led some exporters to suspend or delay shipments.

China’s foreign ministry rebuffed Birmingham’s call for clarity after the state-run Global Times appeared to confirm that China had “halted seven categories of Australian goods from the market” but did not provide any further details.

The foreign ministry spokesperson, Wang Wenbin, offered a general comment on Thursday that any measures on foreign imports were “in line with Chinese laws and regulations and international customary practices”.

“They protect the safety of consumers and the legitimate rights and interests of domestic industries, and are consistent with the free trade agreement between China and Australia,” Wang said.



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AFLDD Regional Umpire Manager – AFL Queensland


AFL Darling Downs is currently seeking expressions of interest for the position of REGIONAL UMPIRES MANAGER for the 2021 Season. This role will work closely with the AFLQ Competition Manager – Darling Downs and AFLQ Community Umpires Manager in education, training, recruitment and retention and match appointments for the local Umpires Association.

The desired application should have the following skill set:

  • Good communication and people skills
  • Basic computer skills
  • Ability to develop and deliver programs to current and future Umpires
  • A passion to grow a vital area of our game

 

For further information and please download the position description below or contact Competition Manager mitchell.simpson@afl.com.au

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AFL umpire appointments 2020, preliminary finals: Razor Ray Chamberlain dropped, Grand Final


The AFL’s most recognised umpire is set to sit out the rest of the 2020 season, with ‘Razor’ Ray Chamberlain unlikely to be selected to officiate either preliminary final.

Foxfooty.com.au understands Chamberlain’s name isn’t expected to appear on this week’s appointments, despite umpiring a final in each of the past two weeks.

Chamberlain officiated in Port Adelaide’s qualifying final win over Geelong before also taking part in the Cats’ semi-final win over Collingwood.

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It comes just over 12 months after Chamberlain was picked to umpire in his second AFL Grand Final — and first since 2010 (he also umpired the replay that year) — when Richmond faced the Giants.



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Laura Siegemund Vs Petra Kvitova, quarterfinals, ‘That’s bulls***’, umpire, time violation, Marijana Veljovic


Seventh seed Petra Kvitova made it through to the French Open semi-finals for the first time since 2012 after a 6-3 6-3 win over German Laura Siegemund but it wasn’t without controversy.

After a dominant first set to Kvitova, the match was on break points in the second set.

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At 2-all in the second, Siegemund was down 0-40 on serve and fought back to deuce when umpire Marijana Veljovic called her for a time violation as she had just started her serve.

Veljovic received her gold badge for umpiring in 2015 and has officiated some of the world’s biggest events, including the 2018 Australian Open women’s singles final and the 2019 Wimbledon women’s singles final as well as the 2019 Fed Cup Final. She was also widely praised for her professionalism at the 2020 Australian Open but also drew attention for her beauty.

But Siegemund, who was easily on the best Grand Slam singles run of her career, was far from happy with the key call.

“I was just starting my serve,” the 32-year-old Siegemund said.

Veljovic replied: “I called it before you started.”

“I’m here (ball in the air) and you’re giving me a time violation,” Siegemund raged. “I was moving my arm.”

“I cannot start saying it before the clock hits zero,” Veljovic hit back.

“Exactly and I was moving my arm which is why my arm is here (in the air) not here (at her racquet),” Siegemund said.

Veljovic: “We are talking about half a second.”

Siegemund: “Exactly and half a second I have so …”

Veljovic: “And the clock went to zero before you started.”

Siegemund: “No because I am having the arm up so that’s bulls***.”

Veljovic: “Well I was calling it.”

Siegemund: “OK … So are you giving me a violation or no?”

Veljovic: “Yes.”

Siegemund: “If I have to stop one second beforehand next time just to be clear.”

The commentators were on Siegemund’s side.

“I thought that was a bad time to call it,” Chris Bowers said as the exchange began.

Fellow commentator Sophie Amiach said: “I love the exchange here, she’s right actually.”

“She is right,” Bowers agreed. “I think the umpire was over officiaious there.”

Kvitova won the advantage and Amiach added that “that was a huge point there.”

“She’d come back and it was hard already to come back from 0-40 to 40-all and then this kind of call happens,” she said.

“I’m all for this and I don’t think they should have 25 seconds to be honest but I don’t think you call it when the player has their arm going up for the service toss,” Bowers said. “That’s just in my view.”

On the Eurosport coverage, the commentators also took aim at the umpire.

“I‘m still fuming about that situation we’ve just seen,” Annabel Croft said after the time violation.

“I‘ve never seen an umpire … either she had her eyes down on her stopwatch and wasn’t noticing that the player was actually midway through her serve.

“She has had to stop her service motion, and now you are going to delay it even more because you have stopped her just before her serve.

“So what was the point of that? Her arm was already up and she was already putting the ball in the air.

“I’ve never seen that before. I really hope this umpire has a look at that, actually maybe even makes a statement because I think she totally got that wrong.”

Fellow commentator Chris Bradnam added: “I think that was absolutely absurd and completely unnecessary.”

Siegemund started up again at Veljovic after the match.

“As far as I know, the rule is before the clock goes to zero I have to start my movement. She is very sharp every time I have her on the chair. She gives me a violation the first opportunity she gets,” Siegemund told reporters.

“So it makes a big difference when they press the button when the clock is running and I think that is where the rule is very unprecise.

“When the clock is zero and I‘m starting my movement, then give me a break. If every time I need 40 seconds, that’s a different thing. But this was just exaggerated.”

Siegemund also said she thought she was faster than she had been in the past and called for the umpires to “Be a little more gentle in the way you interpret the rules.”

It saw Kvitova ultimately break and go to 3-2 in the second.

It was the beginning of the end for Siegemund who was then treated for a back injury immediately afterwards.

Despite breaking back in the next game to make it 3-all in the second, Kvitova broke again to make it 4-3 and went on to win the second set 6-3 to book a place in the semi-finals.

It sees Kvitova face fourth seeded American Sofia Kenin in the semi-final, while unseeded pair Iga Swiatek and Nadia Podoroska face off on the other side of the draw.



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Daniil Medvedev meltdown vs Dominic Thiem after umpire fiasco


Notorious hothead Daniil Medvedev “blew a gasket” during a meltdown that handed the first set of his US Open semi-final to rival Dominic Thiem.

The moment of madness came back to bite Medvedev as Austrian Thiem went on to qualify for his first US Open final with a 6-2 7-6 (7) 7-6 (5) win.

Thiem will play German Alexander Zverev in the final on Monday morning (AEST) — meaning the men’s game will finally have a new grand slam champion.

Medvedev was a picture of cold fury as he tore strips of umpire Damien Dumusois and Aussie tournament supervisor Wayne McKewen after a disastrous call from a linesman handed Thiem an early break.

Medvedev dripped with sarcasm as he apologised to the umpire and tournament official after he was slapped with a code violation for his outburst.

The drama unfolded with Medvedev down a second break point, trailing 3-2 in the first set.

His first serve sailed clearly long, but it went unnoticed by the linesman.

Thiem returned the serve and caught a clueless Medvedev in no-man’s land in the middle of the court.

Medvedev flicked away a half-volley into the net, believing his serve had already been called long.

When the umpire refused to overrule or allow Medvedev to challenge the linesman’s call because he claimed the Russian star failed to challenge before his shot sailed into the net, Medvedev was ready to lose it.

Medvedev told the umpire in the heated argument that followed that he had challenged the call before his follow up shot.

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Thiem even told thew umpire Medvedev should have been able to challenge the call because it was so obviously out.

Tennis legend John McEnroe said in commentary: “I don’t understand why he’s not letting him challenge that.

“That was a bad call and they made it worse by not letting him challenge. And then they called him for the violation on top of that.

“He clearly wasn’t playing the ball. He was standing there because he knew his serve was out.”

Thiem went on to take the first set 6-2 with an angry Medvedev failing to win another game before he walked off court to take a break at the end of the first set.

After having no luck arguing with the umpire, Medvedev crossed the net to point out the mark on the court where his serve had landed beyond the service line.

It earned him a code violation and saw him storm to the side of the court to take his case to McKewen.

“He gave me a code. What did I do to get a code,” Medvedev barked.

“The US Open is a joke. Ah, I’m sorry. I think I killed someone, right? I’m so sorry for crossing the net. My sincere apologies to you for crossing the net. Oh my god.”

McKewen explained: “For crossing the net. You’re not allowed to. You know that”.

Medvedev was not happy with McKewen’s refusal to overturn the umpire’s call.

“You guys sit near the court all the time, you don’t do anything,” he said.

“You don’t do anything.”

Medvedev didn’t recover until Thiem already had the first set.

Medvedev immediately broke Thiem’s serve at the start of the second set to take an early lead, but Thiem clawed his way back to send the second set to a tiebreak.

Thiem held his nerve in the tiebreak to go up two sets with a 9-7 breaker win.

He went on to break Medvedev’s heart in the third set tiebreak, finally emerging victorious after a three-hour slug fest.

It is just 12 months since Medvedev went on a stunning run through to the final of the 2019 US Open while becoming public enemy No. 1 at Flushing Meadows.

Medvedev was fined $9000 and booed by the crowd for arguing with the chair umpire in a match last year where he went on to flip his middle finger at the heckling crowd.

After going on to win the match he threw unprecedented shade at the angry crowd for helping him to win.

“First of all, what I can say is thank you all because your energy tonight gave me the win,” he said. “If you were not here today, I would probably have lost the match because I was so tired, I was cramping yesterday. I want all of you to know, when you go to sleep at night, I won because of you.”

He started showboating to the crowd and before going at it again.

“Again, all I can say, all the energy you’re giving me right now, I want you to know, it will give me energy for my next five matches. The more you do this, the more I will win for you guys. Thank you.”



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AFL umpire Ray Chamberlain clarifies downfield free kick ruling


AFL umpire Ray Chamberlain says a free kick can be awarded if a player is knocked to the ground after disposing the ball.

It comes after a controversial downfield free kick was awarded to Carlton in Saturday night’s thrilling four-point win over Fremantle when young Docker Andrew Brayshaw made late contact with Sam Docherty as the Blues co-captain’s kick sailed out of bounds on the full.

Jack Newnes took the resulting free kick – another contentious decision given Michael Gibbons was the closest player – and slotted the match-winning goal after the siren from a tight angle.

Speaking on SEN’s Whateley, Chamberlain said the player looking to apply a defensive action has a “duty of care” to not knock the opposing player to the ground once he releases the ball – regardless of whether the contact is high or not.

“The guy kicking the football can’t protect himself, so the onus is on the player who is going to make the defensive pressure to either get there as he’s kicking the football or before he’s kicked it,” Chamberlain explained.

“If he doesn’t he’s got a duty of care to not knock him to ground.

“It doesn’t have to be high contact or prohibiting nature like a swinging arm or something like that.

“A free after disposal – you’re not permitted to be knocked to ground when you’ve kicked the ball away. You can’t defend yourself and by virtue of that the rules allow you to be protected once you’ve disposed of the football.

“In that instance, the umpire needs to assess: Was the player there tackling, smothering etc in a reasonable time and manner as the player was in the act of disposing, or, was he late?

“If he’s late and he makes contact a free after disposal can be applied, and that’s the judgement decision an umpire has to make on each of those occasions.”



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Umpire errors exposed in Jack Newnes free kick for Carlton


The AFL will admit the wrong player took the final kick of the game in Carlton’s incredible 5.10 (40) to 5.6 (36) win over Fremantle on Saturday night as another officiating error was also revealed.

Jack Newnes nailed his set shot from the boundary line after the siren to steal a heart-stopping victory for the Blues but it should have been teammate Michael Gibbons lining up to win the match.

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Carlton was awarded a free kick downfield when Andrew Brayshaw was ruled to have made late contact on Sam Docherty in the dying seconds. Docherty’s kick went out on the full inside forward 50 and the Blues were gifted one final roll of the dice.

The free kick should have gone to the player who was closest to the Sherrin when it landed out of bounds. That man was Gibbons but instead, Newnes worked his way towards the umpire and snagged himself the kick.

The Herald Sun reports the league will today acknowledge the umpire made the wrong call.

Speaking on the Sunday Footy Show, former Richmond and Western Bulldogs star Nathan Brown said Newnes showed plenty of smarts to con the umpire into giving him the ball, because he doubts Gibbons would have been successful with his attempt.

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“I think he (the umpire) is speaking to Newnes there, and maybe he thinks Jack Newnes is the closest,” Brown said.

“Jack Newnes did a great job to get this free kick.

“I don’t think Gibbons would have made the distance.”

Journalist Damian Barrett added: “Clearly, as Browny pointed out, Michael Gibbons should have been taking the kick and not Jack Newnes.”

Adding to the drama, some footy commentators believe Newnes took his kick from the wrong spot. Channel 7’s Brian Taylor claims he should have been kicking from further out from goal.

“Where did it go out of bounds? This is something that no one has talked about so far,” Taylor said yesterday.

“The boundary umpire … look at that, indicates 49m out (from goal). The field umpire, after all of the confusion, says it’s 40m out because he got lost about where the boundary umpire said the mark was.

“This means that Newnes has to go from kicking a potential 55m kick to a 45m kick. It is the difference between him getting the distance, and not getting the distance and changes the skill of the kick as well.

“I just reckon the umpires got that wrong.”

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Umpire Daryl Harper opens up on controversial Sachin Tendulkar ‘shoulder before wicket’ dismissal


Referees and umpires have a pretty thankless job — making hundreds or thousands of decisions in a game with fans only remembering the bad times.

But for former Australian cricket umpire Daryl Harper, there’s one decision he admits he looks back on “every day of my life” despite being adamant that it was the right call.

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The scene was day four of the first Test between India and Australia.

Australia declared at 8/239, a lead of 385 and had India 3/24 with Devang Gandhi, VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid already back in the sheds.

It brought then Indian skipper Sachin Tendulkar to the crease.

But his stay wouldn’t be long as he ducked a Glenn McGrath bouncer, with the ball hitting him in the shoulder.

A diminutive man at 165cm, the “Little Master” Tendulkar was given out by Harper, much to the chagrin of Indian fans in particular.

In an interview with Asianet Newsable, the now 68-year-old Harper stressed that it was the right call but rather confronting to be public enemy No. 1 of a billion Indian cricket fans.

“It’s not that I sleep badly or have nightmares and replays dancing through my brain. When I walk through my garage I am confronted by a huge canvas print of Sachin and Glenn McGrath, taken momentarily after the ball made contact,” he said.

“You may be disappointed to know that I’m still extremely proud of that decision because I considered the action before me and applied the law without fear or favour. That’s what umpires are trained and expected to do.

“Regarding the accuracy of the decision, Sachin was the Indian captain at that time and ICC officials informed me that he didn’t note that decision when he assessed my performance on the standard post-match paperwork. I recall realising that suddenly one sixth of the world’s population knew my name … and they probably didn’t speak very highly of me.”

Harper also spoke about a meeting with Indian selector MSK Prasad in December 2018 that he hadn’t seen since the infamous decision in the interview.

He claims “Sachin said he was out” at the time. It is something Prasad has always rejected.

“Daryl had been carrying the guilt about the decision for quite long,” he said via the Mumbai Mirror. “He met me in the lunch room during the 2018 Test series. He actually asked me, ‘what was the feeling of Sachin’ when he was adjudged LBW, which had erupted into a huge controversy. Then I told him whether you declared him out or not out, Sachin is not a person who will question umpires. That is why he went on to become a role model for all of us and the God of Indian Cricket.”

Harper said he believed the decision was out but admitted “I’ve never seen anything similar and I’ve watched a lot of cricket over the years”.

He added that he didn’t even realise how rattled he was, with only five balls bowled in the over.

While Harper eventually umpired 26 Tests and 44 ODIs involving India, he said he never spoke with Tendulkar about the dismissal.

It wasn’t the last time he had a run in with an Indian skipper either.

In what turned out to be his last match, he admitted make a pair of mistakes during the third Test of a series between India and the West Indies in 2011, as well as removing Test debutant Praveen Kumar from the attack for repeatedly running down the middle of the pitch.

He remembers Dhoni said: “We’ve had trouble with you before, Harper” before taking aim in the post-match press conference”.

Harper agreed that India was the toughest team to officiate because the fan fanaticism and finished the first part of the interview by stirring the pot.

“Trust me. That delivery in 1999 at Adelaide Oval to Sachin was on target to strike the top five centimetres of the middle and off stumps … I’m reasonably sure,” he said.

Speaking earlier this year, McGrath addressed the controversy and said he was “sledged a lot after that”.

“Sachin was batting and I think he had still not scored many runs or was still on zero, having just come in. I bowled him a bouncer and Sachin is not the tallest guy going around,” he said

“The bouncer will generally bounce and clear him quite easily, but that day when it bounced, it kept low and he ducked it and it hit him on his shoulder. And because he is not very tall, when he ducked it … from where I could see, I could see the bails over the top and it was hitting the middle stumps.

“So, I appealed and the umpire gave him out and he was not happy. So he walks off. Is it LBW? Probably, it should have been SBW or Shoulder Before Wicket.”



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Coach rejects Josh Jenkins’ umpire joke


Chris Scott clearly doesn’t share Josh Jenkins’ sense of humour, the Geelong coach playing a straight bat after his player threw some shade at the umpires.

Collingwood defeated Geelong 8.9 (57) to 5.5 (35) in Perth last night and Jenkins took to Twitter with a joke suggesting the officials weren’t handing his side any favours.

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Jenkins, who joined Geelong from Adelaide this season but is yet to play a game for his new club, clarified he was “just having some fun”. Scott wasn’t on the same page though, suggesting the forward “missed the mark” with his attempted gag.

“I think Josh was trying to be funny,” Scott said in his post-match press conference.

“My experience with him is that he is quite funny. Sounds as if he’s missed the mark a little bit on that one.

“My assessment on the umpires? No, it’s worth looking back on. We’ve got the luxury of looking at the vision from all angles and making an assessment slowly.

“The umpires are a bit like us. They haven’t had much practice. It was the first time in front of crowds, not that that should have made a difference.

“If they were a bit rusty I think they’ve got an alibi.”

Geelong ended up on the wrong side of a 22-10 free kick count as the Pies dominated in front of 22,000 fans at Optus Stadium.

Collingwood has jumped to second on the ladder, leapfrogging the Cats who are now third with four wins and three losses.

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Jordan De Goey was the Magpies’ best, kicking five goals. The 24-year-old has come under scrutiny for his lacklustre form but bounced back in style by leading Collingwood to victory, booting three of his majors in the third quarter.

Geelong captain Joel Selwood trudged off the ground with a hamstring injury in the first quarter but Scott was hopeful the issue wouldn’t keep the midfielder out of action for long.

“I think speaking to (Joel) and the medical staff briefly they’re optimistic it’s not too bad but it always takes a bit of time to make that assessment,” Scott said.

“There was no suggestion that we would think about putting him back on the ground so that says a little bit.”



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