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Australia AFL fans slam Brownlow Medal coverage for 'cringe interviews'

18:51  18 october  2020
18:51  18 october  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Brisbane Lions superstar Lachie Neale wins the 2020 Brownlow Medal after extraordinary coronavirus-style event held across the country.

The 2020 Brownlow Medal count will be a virtual event on Sunday, October 18, on the Seven Network. From 2019, fans will no longer be able to subscribe to AFL Live Pass through the AFL website.

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AFL fans have slammed television coverage of the Brownlow Medal as awkward and 'excruciating' during the first ever virtual ceremony.

The coronavirus pandemic meant the event was split into small functions across Australia on Sunday night as Lachie Neale was crowned the AFL's best and fairest player for the 2020 season.

Star players gathered at six socially-distanced ceremonies including Optus Stadium in Perth, Gold Coast's Metricon Stadium, the Gabba in Brisbane and Adelaide Oval.

AFL fans criticised bizarre moments such as players handing themselves their medals and 'extremely cringe interviews' drawing out the air time.

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'This was one of the most underwhelming Brownlow counts/broadcasts in history with one of the most boring hosts in the history of television,' one punter said on Twitter.

a man wearing a suit and tie: AFL fans have slammed the first ever virtual Brownlow Medal ceremony as 'excruciating' to watch with 'extremely cringe interviews' (2020 winner Lachie Neale pictured above) © Provided by Daily Mail AFL fans have slammed the first ever virtual Brownlow Medal ceremony as 'excruciating' to watch with 'extremely cringe interviews' (2020 winner Lachie Neale pictured above) a group of people around a table: The coronavirus pandemic meant the event was split into six smaller functions around Australia on Sunday night (Gillon McLachlan pictured reading votes on the Gold Coast) © Provided by Daily Mail The coronavirus pandemic meant the event was split into six smaller functions around Australia on Sunday night (Gillon McLachlan pictured reading votes on the Gold Coast)

The Brownlow Medal count was streamed to the rest of the country from the Gold Coast function.

After an 'interminable vote count' Brisbane Lions midfielder Neale claimed the Brownlow with 31 votes, beating Port Adelaide's Travis Boak with 21 votes.

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Neale's former Fremantle teammate and 2019 winner, Nat Fyfe, addressed the 27-year-old from Perth after his win was announced.

Fyfe ended his tribute speech by saying 'it's my great pleasure to now ask you to present yourself with the 2020 Brownlow Medal.'

Despite Neale being in a room full of people at the Gabba, he was forced to pick up the medal and place it around his own neck.

Fans took to social media to voice their confusion at the awkward interaction.

'Why couldn't someone present the medal to Lachie Neale?' Sydney Morning Herald sports reporter Andrew Wu asked.

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BROWNLOW TOP TEN:

1 - Lachie Neale - 31

2 - Travis Boak - 21

3 - Christian Petracca -20

4 - Jack Steele - 20

5 - Patrick Dangerfield - 15

6 - Dustin Martin - 15

7 - Jack Macrae - 15

8 - Luke Parker - 15

9 - Cameron Guthrie - 14

10 - Clayton Oliver - 14

'Surely not because of social distancing, or even the optics of it. What else is the point of having an indoor gathering for a vote count?'

'A bloke presenting himself his own Brownlow is the most 2020 thing ever,' 2011 Brownlow winner Dane Swan tweeted.

Mark of the Year winner Sam Walsh and Goal of the Year winner Josh Daicos were also forced to present themselves their awards.

'Sam Walsh had to present himself the "Mark of the Year" award. Surely someone in the room could've passed it to him,' sports broadcaster Sam McInnes tweeted.

Fans also criticised the length of the Brownlow Medal ceremony in its virtual format.

'This is the worst zoom call I've ever been on,' one said.

'I've always thought the Brownlow Medal should be a media release – maybe a media conference – and nothing more,' ABC News presenter Mary Gearin wrote.

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'This was the year to make it happen. But clearly not even an interminable pandemic can stop the appetite for an interminable vote count.'

'Brownlow interviews are excruciating. Get on with the damn count,' sports reporter Jack Hudson added.

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