AFL 2016: Concussion expert accuses media of double standards after Shane Mumford tackle celebrated

One of Australia’s most prominent sports concussion experts has accused the media of double standards in relation to their attitude towards head safety in the AFL.
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Dr Alan Pearce, who is awaiting funding for concussion research from the league, questioned how people could commend retiring Brisbane Lions defender Justin Clarke, and then days later laud the body-slam tackle laid by Greater Western Sydney colossus Shane Mumford on Geelong midfielder Mitch Duncan.

Mumford charged at Duncan during their sides’ match on Sunday, appearing to make contact with Duncan’s head, before driving him into the StarTrack Oval turf. The Cat, who weighs 88 kilograms, briefly lay prostrate, and played no further part in the game. Yet the 107-kilogram Mumford was not cited by the match review panel on Monday. The incident did not even warrant a mention in the weekly MRP summary, but the league confirmed to Fairfax Media that the MRP had looked at the tackle, which gave rise to headlines questioning whether it was the greatest tackle ever laid. Ouch! Mitch Duncan faces the full force of a Shane Mumford tackle. #AFLGiantsCats— AFL (@AFL) 3 April 2016This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

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