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‘Richmond exceptionalism’ in the spotlight

With all eyes on the behaviour of AFL officials, family members, club staff and players in the various league hubs in Queensland, the news that two Richmond players – Sydney Stack and Callum Coleman-Jones – significantly breached the COVID-19 protocols late last week was a massive jolt for the AFL.

It’s a hot topic of discussion for our AFL Real Footy podcasters this week – Jake Niall, Caroline Wilson and Michael Gleeson – who examine some of the big questions for the Tigers, including whether a flag this year would be tainted and whether the careers of those two players could even come to end.

Sydney Stack has apologised and said he'll own the consequences of his actions on the Gold Coast.

Sydney Stack has apologised and said he’ll own the consequences of his actions on the Gold Coast. Credit:Getty Images

For chief AFL writer Niall, the blemish puts Richmond’s so-called ‘Richmond exceptionalism’ in the spotlight.

“I think we have a slightly naïve assumption in media – we talk about culture of clubs,” Niall says. “And we equate winning with being good citizens.

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