Fans unhappy at 13-year free kick record in Lions vs. Cats game


AFL fans have unleashed on the umpires of Thursday night’s game between the Cats and Lions, after a whopping 37 free kicks were blown before the main break.

Not since round 15 of 2008 — in another Geelong clash — have so many frees been awarded in a single half.

The total almost exceeded the average number of frees for an entire AFL match (38) in season 2021.

Pundits lamented that the overly zealous match officials extinguished the heat from the contest with their whistle-happy ways.

“Stop blowing the whistle,” wrote Port Adelaide legend Kane Cornes on Twitter.