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Covid breach by five clubs, which teams, rules broken, falsified RAT tests, Sydney Swans, sanctions

Five AFL clubs have been fined $225,000 for breaching Covid rules after some Rapid Antigen Tests (RAT) were allegedly rigged.

Sydney received a fine of $100,000, with $50,000 suspended, the largest fine under this year’s soft cap.

It is a reasonable loss for clubs to complain that the $6.45 million withdrawal limits their ability to pay their pre-Covid workforce.

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Collingwood ($50,000, half suspended) and Richmond ($25,000, half suspended) as well as Brisbane and St Kilda had their $25,000 fines suspended in full.

The violations include:

– Failing to perform Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) within the time prescribed by the protocols and/or

– Failure to upload the RAT image (photograph) prescribed by the protocols; and/or

– Uploading an image from a previous RAT by that or someone else.

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The Seventh’s Andrew McCormack reports: “The AFL insists no clubs have had a matchday benefit or competition advantage over the course of the season.”

All AFL players and staff must be vaccinated against Covid, while clubs are allowed to list up to 20 additional players on the Covid list.

West Coast were the main team affected by 13 forced turnovers in their Round 2 loss to North Melbourne.

“Over the last two and a half years, our game and our industry have survived because we have been disciplined and respected the threat posed by the pandemic, which has protected the health and safety of our people – our clubs, our players, coaches and officials, our staff and – above all – our families, friends, colleagues. and the wider community, said AFL general counsel and EGM Football Andrew Dillon.

“We have put in place a framework in 2022 for clubs to take more responsibility for managing their own people in relation to regular Covid testing. While 13 clubs met the criteria, the fact that five clubs did not comply and their fines show the seriousness we take for the health and safety of players, staff and the public.

We have worked together as an industry to get through the pandemic and no one in our system is above respecting protocols and protecting the health and safety of their colleagues and the wider community.

“All clubs have since been reminded of their obligations under the law.”

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