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AFL hands down Melbourne tanking verdict

AFL hands down Melbourne tanking verdict
Feb
15
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Written by AFL Online on 15th Feb 2013

The AFL is set to hand down the verdict on Melbourne Football Club’s alleged tanking in 2009, deliberately losing games to gain priority draft picks in the AFL National Draft.

It is believed that the club will not be penalised with the loss of draft picks, however they will be fined $500,000.

Former Demons coach Dean Bailey admitted to trying out players in different positions in the later rounds of the season, believing he was doing the best thing for the club. It looks as though Bailey will cop a 3 months suspension from the AFL for his role, while former football manager Chris Connolly will face 6 months.

It was alleged that Connolly threatened other club officials to prevent the club from winning more than 4 games for the season.

The club has denied any wrong doing and may fight any charges handed down to them.

The investigation has been overshadowed over recent claims of drug usage and other illegal activities in AFL and Australian sport, including match fixing and links with criminal activity.

The verdict comes as the Australian Crime Commission continue to investigate AFL clubs, players and other codes ahead of the NAB Cup which launches tonight.