Sydney Swans star Dane Rampe stunned the fans by branding the referee as a "little girl" before violating the age-old AFL law by scaling a goal post.
The 28-year-old was pulled to the ground at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney's eastern suburbs after making a name for himself with Essendon on Friday night.
But Rampe had not heard the referee's call to continue and began questioning the official amidst his confusion.
"I can't hear that," said Rampe.
"You talk like a little girl."
The Sydney Swans star, Dane Rampe (pictured), told a referee during Friday's collision at the Sydney Cricket Ground: "You talk like a little girl."
A section of the verbal argument was shared by AFL.com.au on Twitter, who wrote: "Dane Rampe had a few words for the referee".
However, the tweet was criticized by fans who argued that the insult should not be gender-based.
& # 39; Not saying the right thing. Even if Rampe was frustrated, it sounds like it is a bad thing to be a girl, which is just insulting, ”said one person.
One person thought it was difficult to hear a little girl's voice "about the roar of a crowd", but the argument was countered.
& # 39; So the voice of a little boy. Rampe didn't have to bring in a gender, ”the person said.
"It's so sexist," tweeted another.
A section of the verbal argument was shared by AFL.com.au on Twitter, who wrote: "Dane Rampe had a few words for the referee"
The tweet was criticized by fans who argued that the insult should not be gender-based
While some held Ramp responsible for his choice of words, others turned their attention to AFL.com.au to share the video
While some held Ramp responsible for his choice of words, others turned their attention to AFL.com.au to share the video.
"Don't have to repeat @AFL," said one person.
& # 39; Great message you can send to all aspiring @ aflwomens players @AFL. Shame you tweet this garbage #AFLSwansDons & # 39; another tweeted.
The controversial comment wasn't just the moment when the co-captains were in the spotlight on Friday night.
Rampe could have cost his team the win when he decided to cling to the goal post and climb him like Spiderman.
David Myers tried to score a 60 meter goal when a brazen ramp climbed the post.
The kick feels briefly like the glory of the Swans team, who won by just under five points, but Rampe's unsportsmanlike conduct could have resulted in a free kick in front of the goal that snatched the game.
Field referee Andre Gianfagna shouted at Rampe to "go down, go down" – and decided to warn him instead of giving Essendon a game-winning free kick.
According to a report by the AFL referee, Gianfagna was freed from wrongdoing.
Rule 17.11 states: "A free kick is awarded to a player or official who intentionally shakes a goal or post (either before or after a player has discarded the football)."
The swans defeated Essendon in the game on Friday 77 to 72.
Rampe could have cost his team the win when he decided to cling to the goal post and climb him like Spiderman
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