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Umpires agree to pay cut

AFL Barwon has reached a pay deal with local umpires aimed at to ease the burden on local clubs suffering a downturn as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Geelong Football Umpires League have agreed to a 20 per cent cut for field and boundary umpires and 15 per cent for goal umpires officiating senior, reserves, under-19 male and under-18 female competitions.

A 20 per cent reduction for travel allowances has all been agreed to.

Umpire rates for junior games will remain as is.

“Umpires love doing what they do and that is why we need to make sure everyone is pulling in the same direction,” AFL Barwon umpires boss Jock Hillgrove said.

“AFL Barwon and the Geelong, Geelong & District and the Bellarine football communities I’m sure are very appreciative of what our umpires have offered to do with their pay reduction.

Umpires understand like the players, they need to do their bit for the betterment of our game going forward too.

“I would like to thank GFUL Chairman Leigh Johnston and his board for their efforts and understanding during this time.”

Johnston said the GFUL was happy to play its part.

“There are so many people doing it tough in the community at the moment,” he said.

“The GFUL Board remain hopeful footy will be played this year.

“Having worked collaboratively with AFL Barwon, we see this as the best outcome for all.”

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