AFL dragging its heels

Peter Keenan November 12, 2012, 12:06 pm

Everybody in the sporting world is talking about Racing Victoria and their handling of Damien Oliver amid allegations he backed a winner in a race in which he rode a different horse.

Nothing seems to be happening.

Maybe the whole sporting administration has been infected with a go-slow virus because the AFL have yet to do anything with Melbourne or Adelaide and they certainly took their time with handing down their findings about Lachlan Hansen.

And of course we don't know what's happening with Heath Scotland and what penalty he will face after he was recently found guilty of assault.

Football followers need leadership.

I was talking to a few Melbourne premiership players over the weekend and, to a man, they all said that if these allegations prove to be true they are absolutely appalled.

One bloke said 'I played for the Demons for more than 10 years and worked my guts out every game I played, it was hard going near the finish of my career but I still tried every week'.

If Melbourne's case is proved then heads have got to roll because they have brought the game into disrepute.

And the same goes Adelaide.

The integrity of the game just has got to be protected at all times.

Rules are put in place, not just for players but also for administrators, and these rules should not be manipulated in any shape or form.

The Melbourne committee shouldn't have any hesitation in sacking any employee that has tampered with the rules and the spirit of the game, unless of course they were just as culpable.

Either way there has to be a clean out.
Melbourne Football Club is a very proud club with great traditions but if this is true it is absolutely destroying their brand with their supporters and the wider football public.

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  1. Brian02:05pm Monday 12th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Watching the sport on 7 news about how a certain AFL team thows matches,i was a Melb Cabbie for 28 years,i was called to the MCG to p/u well known AFL stars,I then heard one of them as they were chatting in the back seat of my cab say,how much money do you guys get for throwing a game,that is my trivia,take it or leave it.Thankyou

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  2. paulski02:12pm Monday 12th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    What on earth is the AFL doing? Make a damn decision in the Tippett case so everyone knows where they stand!!

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  3. Detlev04:51pm Monday 12th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Rules also need to be legal so they don't breach the trades practices act in order to be valid and enforceable so if the draft is in breach which it is. the courts have said so on a number of occasions how then can the AFL punish anybody for not breaking the law. This is the equivalent of fining somebody for NOT SPEEDING. To the AFL. fix your system so winning not losing for draft picks happens.

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  4. lewis06:08pm Monday 12th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    it is truly amazing how adelaide after last years dream draw for the season, get another gilt edged draw for this year. teams at the bottom of the ladder from last year have to play the premiers and runner up twice. yet adelaide for some reason known only to the AFL play sydney and hawthorn once.

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  5. Ln10:17pm Friday 16th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    AFL will be held as a corrupt gang of criminals if they dont sink the boots into the crows

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