Some of you are jumping to a very negative view based on nothing but video and blaming the club for 1/ being tight 2/ letting down Francis 3/ letting down supporters 4/ being submissive to the afl.
I too have no idea how the conversation went at EFC today but imagine this:
Club: we think you have a shot and we are happy to challenge. Video mostly looks ok except for this one view
Player: I thought I’d got him flush. I felt his jaw and was so glad he was ok. Thought I’d just got in and I’d be missing games.
Club: happy to challenge. How do you feel about fronting the tribunal tmrw night?
Player: as I say, reckon it was pure luck I didn’t nail him and I couldn’t think of anything worse than being involved in a tribunal case.
Club: no problem, let’s pay it and move on. Also, nice attack at the footy and player, good man. Get out on the track and look forward to Friday night.
Unless you were in the chat, and heard the advice and knew the wishes of club and player, I just don’t get how people can use this as yet another way to bash the club.