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Freemantle petitioners have received a great result with their passionate campaign. Campaign organizer, Sanya Franich, could not believe that a refreeing mistake caused a debacle of the highest order at Aurora Stadium in Launceston, Tasmania in the AFL game between the Fremantle Football Club and the St Kilda Football Club.
She writes, "At the completion of the game, the siren was blown with Fremantle leading by 1 point. Due to the siren being very low in volume, the umpire controlling the game claimed he didn't hear it, depsite the Fremantle players raising their arms in triumph upon hearing it, the St Kilda players dropping their heads in defeat, and another field umpire appearing to run in to rectify the error."
"Play continued and in the ensuing confusion a St Kilda player scored a point before the game was officially brought to a close, with a draw being the result. Clearly the Fremantle Football Club were robbed of the win and were the true winners of the game. "
After a public outcry, AFL officials reversed the result. The AFL website reported on May 3, 2006, "The AFL has awarded Fremantle the win over St Kilda, with the league's commission deciding after a special meeting on Wednesday that fairness must prevail."
Dockers fans are esctatic with the decision.