She will not tolerate any more incidents involving AFL players caught breaking biosecurity rules, says Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk. This alongside calls from her office for the banishing from the state the Richmond pair recently spotted engaging in a 3am “bar fight” outside a strip club located on Australia’s Gold Coast.
Though since suspended and sent home, the premier is now calling on the complete throwing out from the state of Callum Coleman-Jones and Sydney Stack. Queensland simply will not tolerate any more similar incidents, wrote Palaszczuk during a recent Friday-afternoon tweet, and neither, it seems, will she. Since the AFL sees those issues related to bio-bubble contraventions in an exceptionally serious light, said the premier, it is of utmost importance that the “appropriate action” be taken.
If found guilty of the charge brought against them, Richmond could be fined by as much as $100,000, and both players made to face suspensions possibly even lasting as long as the remainder of this year.
Making matters even worse for the Tigers is that the most recent incident is the second biosecurity breach that Richmond has had to deal with since July. Not only is Richmond as it is now liable to pay a $25,000 suspended fine handed down earlier this year after Brooke Cotchin was spotted attending a spa, but the franchise will also likely be made to pay a further $75,000 in terms of the second, more recent breach of protocol.
If the Richmond pair are indeed discovered to be the same two men appearing on the punch-up video footage captured of the incident outside the strip club, then the full $100k penalty amount will be deducted from the club’s 2021 soft cap.
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