Richmond star Jack Riewoldt has called for the AFL to switch off umpire microphones during match telecasts, believing it doesn’t add to the viewing experience.
It comes after Josh Caddy’s offensive remarks to Hawthorn’s Daniel Howe and James Frawley was picked up by the TV broadcast, a situation that Caddy apologised for yesterday.
While Riewoldt doesn’t condone Caddy’s actions, he also doesn’t think it’s necessary for umpire and player conversations to go public.
“I’m certainly not putting water on what Josh said or what has happened, but there’s an element where I reckon the AFL can turn the umpires mics off or not have them all,” Riewoldt told Fox Footy.
“I don’t see what interaction the players and umpires bring to the broadcast at all.”
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