AFL players caught breaching strict COVID protocols must be sent home. That’s the blunt message from Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.
It comes after two Richmond players were caught breaching AFL COVID-19 protocols for fighting outside a Gold Coast strip club.
Reports have confirmed one of the players is WA product Sydney Stack.
Stack and Callum Coleman-Jones were involved in the altercation in the early hours of this morning after being evicted from Hollywood Showgirls on Surfers Paradise.
The two players, aged 20 and 21, have been arrested and slapped with heavy fines to the hip pockets – which will not be tolerated according to Palaszczuk.
“AFL players caught breaking COVID rules should be sent home,” she said on Twitter today.
“Queensland won’t tolerate it. I know the AFL takes these issues seriously and will take appropriate action.”
Richmond have been forced to put out a statement for the breach.
“Richmond has become aware of a breach of AFL Covid-19 protocol by two of its players, in the early hours of Friday morning,” the statement posted by the club said.
“The Club immediately reported the breach of protocols to the AFL, and is working with the League to investigate the matter.”
The statement said the two players were not based in the same hub as the group of players, families and officials who have recently arrived.
“The players have been based inside the Club’s player hub on the Gold Coast having already undertaken a 14-day quarantine in July.
“They are not part of the current quarantine hub where AFL officials, and players and family members are undertaking the required 14-day quarantine period.”
This comes after the wife of Richmond’s dual premiership-winning captain Trent Cotchin, cost the club $20,000 after she breached COVID-19 protocols visiting a day spa.
Brooke Cotchin publicly apologised for the breach but has since been subjected to abuse over social media.