Cant remember seeing this before but in the Coburg v Frankston game 2 double 50 metre penalties were handed out - one against each side. The first was straight forward, a Franston player hit Ryan Exon with an elbow, 50 metres for that, then he got in his face an headbutted him. Reported and another 50 metres. Correct on all counts.
The second was bizarre. Free kick against Coburg, and as the umpire was calling them back the Frankston player with the ball took off running forwards, with the Coburg guy chasing him trying to get back on the mark. The umpire appeared to be telling the Coburg guy to get out of the area, even though it was obvious he was trying to get back on the mark. Another 50 was awarded against him. He had no idea what he'd done wrong.
Is this a new rule for this year, that when a 50 is given no one can come within a certain distance of him, including the man on the mark? Seems a bit harsh if thats the case.