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Richmond talk to umpires about Dusty, who needs a fairer deal

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Richmond officials have already seen the AFL umpiring department since the weekend in an attempt to gain a fairer deal for Dustin Martin, who has received just one free kick while conceding seven in three matches this year.

That the Tigers would be complaining about the lack of protection for Martin was foreshadowed by the post-match frustrations expressed by Damien Hardwick, who felt that Martin's loss of composure could be attributed, at least in part, to the off-the-ball methods employed his highly effective tagger in round three, Matt de Boer.

Dustin Martin has received just one free kick so far this season.Credit:AAP

While rival clubs might see Richmond's complaints as whingeing after a loss, the Tigers are right to question how their superstar - a ball player who plays without the brutality that was a trademark of his coach - could earn just one free kick in a season when the opposition, sniffing wounded Tiger blood, have intensified the obstruction of Martin.

In 2019........

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