Punish idividuals, not Melbourne

Peter Keenan January 21, 2013, 4:54 pm

A lot of people at Melbourne are getting very anxious with the report into the 2009 tanking saga to be handed down at the end of January.

At least three club officials, past and present, have admitted to league investigators that the importance of losing games to secure a priority pick was discussed among coaching staff at a meeting at the Junction Oval in 2009.

Just a few weeks after that meeting the Demons lost to Richmond in a match that is now infamously known as the game Melbourne are accused of deliberately losing.

The three people that were charged, if found guilty, simply should be taken from the game forever.

But should the league punish and therefore jeopardise the club as a whole?

I think not.

If the tanking is proven then you can't blame the players involved because they were only following instructions.

And it's the same with the club's sponsors and supporters. They had nothing to do with it.

In fact, Melbourne supporters are angry and disillusioned with what happened. So why should they be punished?

At worst the club should receive penalties at the draft while very serious penalties should go to those who made the decision to tank and bring the game into disrepute.

My association with Melbourne is an example of how clubs always remain but the people within them move on.

I was a member of the Demons as a player from 1970 to '75 and came back in '80 and '81 before coaching there for another three years after that.

I still have fond memories of Melbourne Football Club but my time there is finished.
Yes, the people at fault must be punished severely but Melbourne, the oldest football club in the competition, is starting to wither on the vine and can scarcely afford a harsh reprimand.

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  1. ian03:31am Tuesday 22nd January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    They punish Carlton and essendon ,not the individuals so why should Melbourne get away with tanking . Or is it ok as they where a top 8 team for years but poor Melbourne has not been. mmmmm

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  2. Hairy Left Armpit07:30pm Saturday 26th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Melbourne should be ashamed, hope they get triple the penalty Carlton received for their tanking efforts in 2008

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