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different rules for different players ?

anybody else think this is the case - if your an Aussie vet or import that has been around a while - and especially smaller you can defend hard and slap away and not get called - I.E Mccarron and Damian Martin etc - but if you are rookie or new import you get called for the slightest things. A bit the same on offense - You can hammer an import but a Goulding or Mitch Norton type can just throw their head or fall over and the refs seems to fall for it an unbelievable amount of time.
Just want to see if others see it this way

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Well I guess the beauty of the internet is that nomatter how insane your point of view, you will find somebody to agree with you.

Martin is simply very good at what he does. Exceptional reactions and very clean hands. Simple fact is that he wouldn't be in the league if he wasn't. An offensive stud can get away with being a defensive muppet, Martin can't.

Obviously guys who are new to the league need to learn and adjust.

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in Perth it is called 'noise of affirmation' when a loud crowd influences the refs in their favour and they are very proud of it

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Perfect example was the most blatant blocking foul that the referee called as a charge in Martins favour vs Phoenix. He was moving sideways and dropped his shoulder into the player with the ball - and to make it worse- he flopped and went down like a house of cards in the wind. The referee who called it should go back to Wednesday night domestic. The crowd all reacted as if it was a charge and the referee was really sucked in

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While I agree that Martin dive was a terrible call, to suggest the refs was influenced by crowd noise before he made the call is just idiotic.

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This exact kind of bias exist's in every sport I watch, AFL is particularly bad with players like Dusty being able to stiff arm you in the face with no penalty.

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Reputations matter, even to refs. I think it does have an impact on decisions made by refs. To suggest that any player is favourited, though, is a big stretch.

As Martin slows down, he might get away with more with refs remembering him as quick with hands and quick to move into position to take a charge.

Home teams always get more 50/50 calls going their way. Perth are probably the biggest recipient because they have the biggest and noisiest crowds.

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