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Dan Butler umpire dissent after no holding the ball, Fremantle Dockers defeat St Kilda Saints

St Kilda fans were left livid on Saturday night after a series of non-calls and calls led to a Fremantle goal at a crucial time of the match.

With just seconds left before three quarter-time, Saints forward Dan Butler tackled unaware Docker Jordan Clark after appearing to have prior opportunity. However Clark wasn’t penalised, with veteran umpire Matt Stevic – who was perfectly positioned in front of the contest – calling ‘play on’.

“How wasn’t that holding the footy?” North Melbourne legend Wayne Carey told Channel 7.

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Some commentators and fans speculated on social whether Clark wasn’t penalised because he may have skimmed the ball with his boot before it hit the Marvel Stadium turf.

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