AFL 2020: Richmond, Gold Coast strip club brawl, fight, Sydney Stack, Callum Coleman-Jones, video, CCTV, sanction, ban


Richmond pair Sydney Stack and Callum Coleman-Jones have been sent home and suspended into next season after Friday morning’s brawl outside a strip club.

The Tigers have been fined $100,000 (including $25,000 suspended from a previous breach) which will go onto next year’s soft cap, with Stack and Coleman-Jones suspended 10 matches and sent home to Victoria.

Richmond CEO Brendon Gale will address the media this evening. Read the full AFL statement below.

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The pair’s incident took place at around 3.30am outside the Hollywood Showgirls strip club on the Gold Coast, close to a nearby kebab shop. They took an Uber to get to the venue.





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Mexico to sanction 420 businesses for unfairly raising prices during coronavirus pandemic – National


Mexican authorities said Monday they have started price-gouging investigations to sanction 420 businesses, including stores and funeral homes, for unfairly raising prices during the coronavirus pandemic.

The consumer protection office said hundreds of grocery stores and retailers allegedly failed to respect posted prices or changed them, or charged too much for items including basic food stuffs as well as goods that are in high demand because of the pandemic, including rubbing alcohol, hand sanitizer and face masks.

Punishments for “unjustified price increases” can include fines and other administrative measures. Those to be sanctioned also include 63 funeral homes, many of which apparently did not respect prior contracts.

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But authorities excused one of the most flagrant examples of price hikes, saying that a two- or three-fold increase in prices for bottled oxygen was largely the fault of consumers who bought supplies of the gas they didn’t need, just to have it on hand in case someone fell sick.

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“This has to do with people who are not using the oxygen, they are buying it to have it home just in case, and that is making the gas more expensive, because there is a shortage of gas cylinders to distribute it,” said Ricardo Sheffield, the head of the consumer protection agency.

“They are being unreasonable consumers,” Sheffield said, arguing that “in the case of oxygen, they are some Mexicans with very high purchasing power, and they have the luxury of buying oxygen they do not use.”






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Mexico reported 3,541 new coronavirus cases Monday, bringing its total to 563,705. The Health Department reported 320 newly confirmed deaths Monday, bringing Mexico’s total of COVID-19 deaths to 60,800, the third-highest total in the world.

A debate is continuing in Mexico about the country’s extremely low level of testing; about 1.25 million tests have been performed in a nation of almost 130 million, meaning less than one per cent of Mexicans have had a coronavirus test since the pandemic began.

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On Monday, officials acknowledged that the level of testing had fallen even farther, to less than half of previous levels in recent weeks, but said that was because the number of overall cases was decreasing. Mexican government policy has been to test only those with significant symptoms.

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Sydney Swans could impose club sanction on Elijah Taylor for “immature” COVID protocol breach


Longmire said it was a delicate balance between ensuring Taylor cops his whack but also supporting him amid a firestorm of condemnation from the AFL, the Swans and even WA Premier Mark McGowan, who said the entire state had been “let down” by the incident.

“It’s obviously sinking in and he’s very quiet, as you’d imagine, and no doubt reflective,” Longmire said of Taylor, who is remaining with Sydney in their hub for the time being.

John Longmire says the Swans are trying to strike the balance between holding Elijah Taylor accountable for his actions, and supporting him.

John Longmire says the Swans are trying to strike the balance between holding Elijah Taylor accountable for his actions, and supporting him.Credit:Getty Images

“It’s a very bad decision that he’s made. If you step back, it’s an immature decision and not every player that you get when you go to the national draft has got the same maturity levels and the same backgrounds.

“If you look at James Rowbottom for instance, he’s an example of a player that comes right in and it’s like he’s been in the system for 10 years, not only his football but with his life skills. [We’ve] still got a little bit to go with Elijah with that.”

The $25,000 fine will count against Sydney’s soft cap on football department spending next year, with a further $25,000 suspended by the AFL. At a time when clubs have been forced to lay off coaching and development staff and cut costs wherever possible, it means the impact of Taylor’s decision will be long-lasting.

“Obviously I’m assuming that’s everyone that’s had a breach that’s in their soft cap … when it’s reduced [by] almost a third anyway, every dollar counts. That’s clearly disappointing,” Longmire said.

Taylor is yet to address his teammates and Longmire said the Swans would give him a “bit of time to process” the situation before he does.

But he said he wasn’t the first talented player to enter the AFL system without the required levels of maturity, and he won’t be the last.

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“The ones that people pay to see every week throughout the history of AFL football – there’s been many, many star players over the years that have walked in at 18 or 19 and had some challenges in the early days,” Longmire said.

“You have to work through those issues and help educate and hopefully you get out the other side and you make a difference in these young people’s lives. It’s not just about football. You sit down and talk to them about decision making and their life skills.

“What you don’t know is something like COVID coming up and rearing its head and, in Elijah’s case, him being away from the football club for three months during the shutdown period. He only got to our club in December.

“That doesn’t take anything away from how serious it is and the responsibility that absolutely sits with Elijah, but just puts some context around these things.”

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Brett Finch to escape sanction for Warriors biosecurity breach


Brett Finch won’t be sanctioned for breaking the NRL’s strict biosecurity measures because he’s not a registered player or official as the code’s integrity unit plans to finalise an investigation into the COVID slip-up.

Finch, who was brought into Warriors camp by interim coach Todd Payten to brighten spirits amongst the playing group, has been isolated from the squad after pictures emerged of him recording a podcast away from their Terrigal base last Thursday night.

The former State of Origin representative was seen drinking, smoking and even playfully kissing another man on the cheek in images attached to the popular You Know The Rules Instagram page.

The NRL immediately placed Finch into quarantine and sought advice from their biosecurity experts after television footage captured him in the coaching box alongside Payten during the Warriors’ narrow loss to the Panthers on Friday night.



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Sydney Swans avoid sanction over metal studs, Isaac Quaynor


Sydney have escaped a sanction from the AFL despite the league finding debutant Sam Wicks was wearing illegal boots on Thursday night.

The Swans youngster’s boots ended up causing a six to eight inch gash on Collingwood star’s Isaac Quaynor’s shin which will see him sideline for several weeks.

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The graphic injury led to Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley to question the studs on the Swans player’s boots which led to the AFL’s investigation.

Play was brought to a standstill as Quaynor sat in the middle of the Gabba being tended to by trainers before the stretcher was brought out to take him from the field.

Commentators and fans speculated he could have either broken his leg or done his achilles, but there was genuine shock when the image of his open leg emerged on social media.

The injury was a result of a chase down tackle which saw Wicks’ boot “raked” and “split” his shin wide open.

The AFL issued a stern warning to all clubs the hybrid boots worn by Wicks with exposed metal studs will be ruled out, effective immediately.

“Football boots with exposed metal studs have the potential to cause injuries and have no place across any level of our game,” Steve Hocking wrote in the email.

“There are players in the competition who have been wearing boots direct from manufacturers that feature screw-in studs that have a hybrid soleplate, which includes both plastic and aluminium stops, and these are not compliant with AFL Regulations.

“It is the responsibility of clubs and players to work with manufacturers to ensure football boots worn by all players are compliant with AFL Regulations and ensure a duty of care to themselves, their teammates and opposition players.

“Where we can make our game safer for everyone involved, we will.”

The Swans on Friday acknowledged the boots being worn by the first-gamer were a hybrid which failed to comply with AFL regulations.

“The Swans can confirm that the boots Wicks was wearing were standard issue screw in boots, that have a hybrid soleplate which includes plastic and aluminium stops,” the statement read.

“These boots are understood to be widely worn by players across the competition.

“Following discussions with the AFL it has become clear that these boots are not compliant with AFL regulations.

“The Sydney Swans will take steps to rectify this immediately to ensure that all boots are compliant going forward.

“The club has been in contact with Collingwood to express its regret for the incident and concern for Isaac, whom we wish a speedy recovery.”

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