SOUTH COLAC could seek an explanation from football umpires over the bungled report of Roos utility Tim Speirs.
Speirs is free to take on Simpson this weekend after umpires withdrew their report of him during a South Colac-Lorne match at Joiner Reserve.
Speirs picked up two yellow cards, initially in the second quarter for swearing and again in the last term for an incident involving Dolphin Sean Smartt.
He returned to the field after the second card and kicked a goal.
But umpires, realising Speirs had received a second yellow, sent him from the field again believing they should have red carded him, and reversed the goal.
Had the goal stood, the Roos would have been 17 points down with about five minutes remaining. They lost the match 7.9 (51) to 11.6 (72).
Umpires told South Colac post-match they had reported Speirs, but could not say for what charge.
The Colac Herald understands the umpires, acting with good intentions, felt compelled to send off and report Speirs because he had copped two yellow cards.
But neither move is correct.
A player can receive multiple yellow cards and still play a part in the match.
But a player receives a red card and must sit out the match if umpires place him on report twice.
The umpires have since withdrawn the report, leaving the Roos frustrated about the umpires’ original actions.
South Colac president Allan Speirs said the club would discuss whether to ask Football Geelong to investigate.
“They’ll be talking about it committee level if they want to pursue the matter any further. That’s where we’re at, at the moment,” he said.
Football Geelong boss Lee Hartman said the league would wait for the Roos’ request before taking action.
“If South seeks a please explain we’ll chat to all the parties and seek an explanation,” he said.
“But the umpires have withdrawn the charge and they’re in their right to do that.”
South Colac has until 5pm tomorrow to ask for an investigation.