Ump from Shuey decision dropped

The AFL might have cleared the controversial Luke Shuey decision, but the umpire has been cut for this week's finals.

Umpire Chris Donlon, who awarded the critical decision to Shuey for a high tackle that then saw the player kick the winning goal after the siren, has missed the cut to be among the umpires this week.

With four finals last week and only two this week the AFL had to cut back to six umpires and Donlon didn't make the cut.

The Shuey decision polarised opinion as the Jared Polec tackle clearly caught Shuey around the neck but the question was whether Shuey contributed to the tackle going high by raising his arm. In that case the new interpretation of the rule is that play on should be called.

The AFL clarified on Sunday that they believed the Shuey decision was correct.

Former Port premiership player Kane Cornes was among those outraged at the decision.

The AFL has selected its six most experienced umpires to officiate this weekend - Brett Rosebury, Matthew Nicholls and Simon Meredith for the Geelong-Sydney final and Matt Stevic, Justin Schmitt and Shaun Ryan for the GWS-West Coast final.

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