Buckley offers to pay fine after COVID-19 breach


Collingwood has turn into the fifth membership to be fined by the AFL this week for breaching the league’s strict COVID-19 Return To Play protocols.

The Magpies have been handed a $50,000 fine ($25,000 suspended) after senior coach Nathan Buckley and assistant coach Brenton Sanderson performed tennis on Friday with two individuals from exterior the membership’s ‘bubble’.

According to The Age, one of many individuals concerned within the tennis match with Buckley and Sanderson was Australia’s Fed Cup captain Alicia Molik.

Buckley and Sanderson got approval to play tennis exterior of the hub towards one another on Wednesday and Friday, however weren’t permitted to play with outsiders.

While the tennis match was a breach of the AFL’s protocols, it was not a breach of any West Australian authorities protocols due to Collingwood’s 14-day quarantine interval expiring final weekend.

Magpies coach Nathan Buckley’s tennis match has value his membership $50,000 (Getty)

The two coaches instantly reported the breach to Magpies officers after they realised they did not have applicable approval.

According to an announcement from Collingwood, each Buckley and Sanderson have requested to personally pay the portion of the fine that’s not suspended ($25,000) to “reveal their accountability”.

Collingwood membership CEO Mark Anderson described the saga as a “very disappointing reminder of how vigilant we should be to maintain the season alive”.

“Our recreation has been granted the best to proceed to play by governments across the nation,” Anderson mentioned in a membership assertion.

“In trade for that proper we merely should do all that we will to defend the well being of our gamers, workers and the communities during which we live and enjoying.

Australia’s Fed Cup captain Alicia Molik is known to have been concerned within the tennis match. (Getty)

“Our soccer program has been educated and continuously reminded of its obligations and as senior leaders of our program each settle for that this breach shouldn’t have occurred.

“As a membership, we apologise, vow to be higher and totally settle for the penalty.”

Buckley and Sanderson’s breach comes after membership president Eddie McGuire referred to as on people who break the foundations to be compelled to naked the brunt of the AFL’s punishment.

“I feel the individuals who breach the protocols needs to be fined personally, to be trustworthy.” he informed Fox Footy final night time.

“You can get to the golf equipment sooner or later, I feel the AFL’s set it out, however I feel it is bought to be a private fine.”

Collingwood president Eddie McGuire has beforehand referred to as for indviduals who break the foundations to be fined (The Age)

“I feel the purpose Gill McLachlan made throughout the week is 100 per cent proper: we make a rule to maintain the sport going. From right here till the Grand Final, there’s nonetheless about $250 million value to be left on the desk if this ends. It’d be a catastrophe, think about if we do not get to end off the finals sequence now.

“So he says this is the foundations, and the good Australian custom as we’re seeing by means of society in the intervening time is ‘OK, there is a rule, nevertheless it does not apply to me’. He’s saying proper, OK, have you ever bought it now? It applies to everybody.

“That rule e book just isn’t how will we get round each rule, that is the rule e book you reside by. And when you do not prefer it, we’ll prepare for you to go house. I feel that is honest and affordable.”

Collingwood’s fine comes after Hawthorn was also fined $50,000 for its own breach of the COVID-19 protocols, whereas Richmond, North Melbourne and Carlton have been handed $45,000 fines from the AFL.

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