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Rule Change “Protected Area” | BigFooty

A common sense rule change?

The AFL wrote to clubs today that they have passed an amendment and clarification to the Protected area 50m penalty judging when there are two players from opposing teams entering the area together.

The rule has always allowed a defending player to follow his opponent into the protected area provided they are within 2 meters of each other

In cases where a “divide” occurs and the defender advances and clears the protected area, the officials shall no longer pay a fine of 50 million in these circumstances.

The defender must still leave the protected area immediately – and not slow down or hang around.

Tigers player turns around and has Bombers player draw a penalty of 50 meters in a protected zone. This is no longer a 50 against the Bombers player.

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