AFL Expands Protected Area Around Joel Selwood


Following a successful trial throughout the NAB Challenge, the AFL has announced it will introduce an expanded 10-meter protected zone around Cats skipper Joel Selwood in the 2016 regular season.

“It is the common view that the player is better able to compete, move the ball and ultimately play this beautiful game with the larger no-go-zone,” explained AFL football operations manager Mark Evans.

Umpires will be allowed some room to move with interpretation of the new rule, with the zone to be expanded marginally should Patrick Dangerfield be in the proximity. Meanwhile, the MRP panel has been instructed to enforce a merciless approach, with infringements carrying a prison sentence of six to twelve months and repeat offences to be punishable by death.


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