Why should AFL umpires be protected from criticism?

Howard Kotton
Updated July 2 2021 - 1:32am, first published July 27 2020 - 4:30pm
Carlton's Patrick Cripps is tackled during the match against North Melbourne at The Gabba on Saturday. Photo: Jono Searle/Getty Images

Umpires have been a protected species for too long and should be subjected to the same intense scrutiny as everyone else in the game.

Howard Kotton

Howard Kotton has been a journalist for 43 years, working in various parts of Australia and overseas on assignment. He has spent the past 13 years as a senior journalist with the AFL Record and has co-written two books on former AFL players David Rhys-Jones and Warwick Capper