Playing – AFL to problem warning after Lance Franklin and Dustin Martin seen with playing identification Eddie Hayson in Sydney | AFL
The AFL will remind Dustin Martin and Lance Franklin of their tasks after the pair have been seen within the firm of playing identification Eddie Hayson at a Sydney cafe.
Richmond’s three-time premiership winner Martin reportedly travelled to Sydney earlier this month and met Hayson, a significant gambler and former brothel proprietor. The pair joined Sydney Swans star Franklin and former footballer Tom Derickx at Cafe Giorgio in Kings Cross.
In accordance with the report, Franklin had no data that Hayson would flip up with Martin on the restaurant on four December, nor has the Swans participant had any earlier contact with him. Martin and Hayson reportedly left the venue at the very least half an hour after arriving.
There isn’t any suggestion of wrongdoing by any of those that attended the assembly, however the optics of two the AFL’s most outstanding gamers in Hayson’s firm set alarm bells ringing, given the league’s makes an attempt to keep away from any threat of bringing the integrity of the sport into query.
“The AFL, through ongoing education and briefings constantly reminds players and clubs about the need to take care and be mindful of who they associate with,” an AFL spokesperson informed Guardian Australia.
“The AFL will reach out to both clubs and the players to reinforce this message.”
Guardian Australia tried to contact Martin via his agent, Ralph Carr.
Sport Integrity Australia (SIA), a brand new physique created in June to foster higher collaboration between police, regulators and sports activities leagues, reportedly alerted NSW Police to the assembly.
SIA, headed by the previous Australian Sports activities Anti-doping Authority chief govt David Sharpe, declined to remark when contacted by Guardian Australia. NSW police have additionally been contacted.
Hayson has been linked to – and subsequently cleared of – a number of allegations of playing and match-fixing incidents within the NRL.
In 2006 he was accused of allegedly receiving inside data for a wager that gained him and a fellow gambler an estimated $2m. An NRL investigation cleared him and he didn’t face any felony fees.
He was additionally linked to match-fixing in two video games involving the Manly Sea Eagles in 2015. Once more, he denied involvement in any wrongdoing and in 2017 the NSW police strike pressure set as much as examine the claims was closed with none fees being laid.
Richmond and Sydney Swans have additionally been contacted for remark.