The AFL Umpires department has conceded it should have rewarded a tackle by Richmond's Shane Edwards during the tense final quarter of Sunday's elimination final against North Melbourne.
With 7.26 left on the clock, Edwards laid a perfect tackle on Kangaroo Ben Cunnington, who disposed of the ball incorrectly after having prior opportunity.
Richmond coach Damien Hardwick labeled the non-decision 'diabolical' after his team went down by 17 points.
"Yes it is (holding the ball)," head of AFL umpires Hayden Kennedy said.
"Brett (Rosebury) wasn't in the perfect position with the players in front of him to make that call."
Cunnington admitted to thinking he had given away the free when tackled by Edwards.
"I remember getting the handball receive and I remember a few boys yelling out, 'You're hot'. I just tried to get it on to my boot and kick it as quickly as I could," Cunnington said.
"But the player came across quickly enough that he was tackling me and I thought I was gone once I went to ground.
"You get off the ground a bit slowly but the ball played on, so I was a bit relieved because it definitely would have been a shot on goal."