Ready Reckoner: Where Do the Western Bulldogs Fit Amongst Recent AFL ‘Scandals’?

Confused by yesterday’s shrill reaction to the latest AFL ‘scandal’? Is a couple of footballers betting on a pre-season game in the same league as other recent scandals?

Here are some helpful questions and answers to consider before venturing anywhere where people publically express opinions:

 

Issue

Bulldogs

Essendon

Adelaide

Was the potential infraction self-reported?

 

Yes

Once the jig was up

Once the jig was up

Did the club fully cooperate with investigators?

 

Yes

Initially

Once the jig was up

Did the alleged infraction potentially damage the health of players?

 

No

Yes

Does Balfours count?

Is the AFL tied to international codes on these issues?

 

No

Yes

No

Has potential illegality occurred?

 

Yes

Yes

No

Does the alleged infraction have the potential to bring the game into disrepute?

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Does the investigation focus on a systematic, club mandated attempt to subvert the competition?

 

Unlikely

Yes

Yes

Have other clubs / players potentially done this?

 

Yes

Yes

cough… visy

Did the alleged infraction potentially compromise the premiership season / individual honours counts?

No

Yes

In hindsight, no

Did the club / senior officials attempt to halt the investigation on technical grounds?

 

Not yet

Yes

No

Does the club involved actually know what did happen?

 

Likely yes

Maybe

Yes

Did the AFL CEO claim the club had not fully cooperated despite evidence to the contrary?

 

N/A

No

Yes

 

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Comments

  1. Malcolm Ashwood says

    Spot on , Dave the crows penalty was completely mind boggling and idiotic

  2. Thanks Dave, loving the liberal use of the word ‘scandal’ on this one.

    We’re not talking point shaving or referee bribery here, nor are we talking about a proper H&A game and big money to be made. This isn’t a scandal. It’s foolish by the player concerned and not a great look to back your team to lose, but this story may have had more to do with pumping up the season for the papers than actually end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it sort of drama.

    Sean

  3. Dave Brown says

    It’s difficult to form a basis for comparison with these ones, Malcolm. If the Crows deliberately attempted to subvert the salary cap rules, knowing the Balfours deal was not legit then I have not too much trouble with the hefting of a relatively large tome in their direction. Still shouldn’t be in the ball park of potentially endangering the well being of a large group of people.

    I’m just amazed they allow betting on these games, Sean. It’s asking for trouble. It would appear this lad has just been a bit dumb (certainly not unheard of) but the fan screeching from the direction of Windy Hill as if they were in any way comparable was just remarkable.

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