AFL umpire Jordan Bannister takes to Twitter to admit he made a mistake during the Hawks' clash with Melbourne.
Bannister concedes he paid an incorrect free kick to Hawk Kade Stewart after the debutant ducked into a James Harmes tackle during the fourth quarter of the game, with the scores level.
The decision created widespread discussion on social media, but the experienced umpire nipped the issue in the bud by acknowledging via his Twitter account that it was a "s*** free".
"We average a couple of errors a game & always try to learn from errors," Bannister tweeted.
AFL umpires coach Hayden Kennedy says he was surprised by Bannister's decision to publicize his mistake.
"It was great he was able to do that (and) stop the conversations that were going on," Kennedy said.
"We do make a fair few mistakes each week, so we don't want the (umpires) every time we make a mistake to tweet out that 'I apologise'.
"We don't want to make a habit of that, but I'm happy with it."