Eddie Betts receives formal warning over mandatory quarantine breach

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Eddie Betts, pictured here announcing his retirement from the AFL.
Eddie Betts received a formal warning to breaching quarantine rules in the Northern Territory. Image: Instagram/Getty

Retired AFL champion Eddie Betts has received a formal warning from the Northern Territory government after breaching mandatory quarantine rules.

The 34-year-old Indigenous champion will undertake community work in the NT over the coming weeks while playing for local club Palmerston in a guest stint.

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Betts and his family are currently undergoing quarantine at Howard Springs.

However the former Carlton and Adelaide star took to social media this week to reveal he was pinged for a minor breach of quarantine rules.

Betts shared a photo of the formal warning to Instagram, with the latter claiming he “failed to remain on balcony/failed to wear mask”.

“Further failure to comply with direction may result in the issuing of infringement notice and fine of $5024,” the letter says.

Betts said he was chasing after one of his five children when he inadvertently broke the rules.

“One more and I get kicked out,” he wrote.

“Chasing one of my 5 kids. Might of (sic) been better off staying in Melbourne.”

The Northern Territory Government website states that those conducting their two-week quarantine in Howard Springs must:

  • stay in their allocated room, including on any veranda space allocated to the room, unless permitted by an authorised officer

  • take all reasonable measures to stay at least 1.5 metres away from any other person in the quarantine facility

  • wear a face mask when outside their room unless an authorised officer permits the person to remove the face mask

Eddie Betts, pictured here being chaired off the field after his last match for Carlton.
Eddie Betts is chaired off the field after his last match for Carlton. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Eddie Betts in Northern Territory for community work

Betts retired from the AFL in August after 350 games with Carlton and Adelaide, kicking 640 goals across a remarkable 17-season career.

"The club is very excited and honoured to have Eddie and his family choose to be involved with our club this season," Palmerston coach Josh Heath said.

"We are very fortunate to have someone of his calibre on board, mentoring and developing our juniors and as assistant coach of our senior group.

"We fully support his initiatives in engaging and working with Indigenous communities and people throughout the Northern Territory."

Betts has been appointed as a part-time development coach at Geelong and will balance that role next year with a welfare job, where he will work with Indigenous liaison officers at other AFL clubs.

Earlier this month, Betts said he now has a "bigger role" to play in stamping out racism after calling time on his AFL playing days.

"I still want to make change here in Australia and that's what I'm passionate about," he said.

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