Adelaide Crows assistant coach Ben Hart has been stood down for six weeks by the AFL as heavy punishments were handed down after a training session breached social distancing guidelines.
Hart was leading the session in which 16 players flouted coronavirus isolation restrictions while training in the Barossa Valley last week.
The club legend copped the harshest penalty but all 16 players were also handed suspended one-match bans by the AFL.
“We all have a very clear responsibility to ensure we do everything we can to stop the spread of the virus. The protocols are clear and the actions in this matter, whilst not pre-planned, are a breach of them,” AFL General Counsel Andrew Dillon said in a statement.
“We take this matter extremely seriously. We will not compromise the health and well-being of the community, and remind everyone in the industry – players, coaches, officials and staff – that they have a responsibility to adhere to the rules for the safety of everyone in the community.”
The 16 players involved in the breach were revealed to be: Kyle Hartigan, William Hamill, Ayce Taylor, Ben Davis, Lachlan Sholl, Jordon Butts, Lachlan Gollant, Ben Keays, Fischer McAsey, Joshua Worrell, William Frampton, Tom Doedee, Elliott Himmelberg, Myles Poholke and Lachlan Murphy.
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