Call to ban all gloves

NORTH Melbourne full-back Scott Thompson has called for a blanket ban on gloves, claiming their use gives forwards an unfair advantage.

The AFL has rejected six types of gloves for providing too much grip and has so far approved only four for the new campaign.

Thompson, one of the competition's premier defenders who typically has to match up on the likes of glove-wearers Travis Cloke, Chris Dawes and Quinten Lynch, said a wholesale ban was required.

''I think [that] would be a good rule because it means everyone is on a level playing field,'' he said. ''There is nothing enhancing anyone's performance. I know in the wet it really helps to have a glove.''

As revealed by Fairfax Media, the banned gloves are Under Armour Blur II, Ironclad Box Handler Safety, Nike Vapor Jet 2.0 Football Receiver, Nike Magnigrip Elite Remix 2.0, Nike Superbad and Gilbert Rugby.

''I have actually got a few of those gloves,'' Thompson told the Kangaroos' website.

''We use them in America when we are [high-altitude] training. They definitely help you mark the ball.''

Cloke's father David has criticised the AFL's decision and has asked Nike, the brand Travis uses, whether it can still provide a glove.

''Obviously Cloke wears one and he has some good hands,'' Thompson said. ''It will be interesting but he has got a whole pre-season to train without one. I will be looking forward to playing him.''

This story Call to ban all gloves first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.