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AFL to invoke ‘conduct unbecoming’ charge for protocol breach

AFL players and officials who breach the strict quarantine protocols being put in place to enable clubs to return to training and playing could face charges of “conduct unbecoming”.

At Monday’s meeting the AFL Commission ticked off on the the league having the power to use that charge when dealing with any breaches underlining further how serious the AFL views adherence to the rules.

It gives the league the opportunity to invoke a series of penalties ranging from the loss of premiership points, draft picks, financial sanctions or deregistration if there is a flagrant breaking of the rules in place to ensure the AFL complies with the exemptions governments have granted to get the competition up and running.

AFL Commission chairman Richard Goyder.

AFL Commission chairman Richard Goyder.Credit:Getty Images

Under AFL rules “conduct unbecoming or prejudicial to the interests of the game” is a charge brought in the most serious of matters when the action of an individual or club is likely to prejudice the interests or reputation of the AFL or bring the game into disrepute.

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