AFL greats Dermott Brereton and David King have bebated the merits of a severe penalty
for the Adelaide Crows, following a “training malfunction” on Thursday.
With 16 players in isolation in the Barossa Valley, Adelaide was found to have breached strict AFL rules after a group of eight players were found to have kicked footballs together.
An AFL investigation is ongoing, with the competition potentially handing down its investigation over the weekend.
“They had to get special permission. They knew the rules. Everyone knew what was at stake,” King explained on Fox Footy Live.
“We’re about to get a decision on the border. The one thing we knew was they couldn’t train in 10. Six of the coaches were on a phone hook-up to talk about this exact scenario… Gill McLachlan said anyone who acts outside this guidelines face a lengthy suspension
“You can’t just whack them with a wet lettuce leaf.”
Fox Footy commentator Anthony Hudson expected a fine potentially over $100,000, which could include another penalties.
“I think it’ll be a significant suspension,” King added.
“It may involve draft pick, it’s a lengthy fine. It won’t be a $25,000 fine.”
But Brereton, a five-time premiership player, suggested it would be around the $25,000 figure with potentially a suspended fine.
“Somebody got too close to another group and kicked it back,” he explained.
“The actual breach is nothing to do with a football,” King quipped back.
“It’s they weren’t allowed to train in 10. It’s not about that ball, it’s about the risk to the state.”
AFL 360 co-host Mark Robinson believed the incident could hurt the AFL’s relationship with the Government following what he labelled as a “training malfunction”.
“The AFL would be embarrassed severely. The Government go back and say ‘see you can’t even control your first batch of players’,” he said.
“I think it’s a $100,000 fine. We don’t want to stop players from playing. We can’t say to the eight players kicking you can’t play for the rest of the year.”