It is unfortunate. If the AFL have no interest is not being seen as cheating, it seems hardly unlikely they do not intend to cheat. Clearly, the ref will be made to understand that he is there to prevent the current AFL being administration being the one humiliated. There will be a couple of decisions if the game is close. Outrageous decisions will only happen as in 2006, 2008 and 2010 if it is getting a bit hairy.
The AFL have sacrificed the international game for their own vanity. They are a bunch of cheats and cowards.