The AFL has proposed a move to limit how much free passes can be bought and sold for players and fans to gain entry to matches.
Key points:The AFL is seeking feedback from fans on the proposal, with a review underwayThe proposal would apply to all AFL matches, including pre-season matchesAFL chairman Mark Evans said the proposal would be reviewed on a case-by-case basisAFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan said the move was necessary to maintain the integrity of the game.
“It’s a very important issue that we’ve been talking about for some time and it’s important to keep it in the context of our game,” he said.
“We’re going to make sure that the clubs, players and supporters of the AFL have access to the opportunity to have access as they’re able.”‘
We’re not going to let this happen again’The AFL has introduced a new policy to allow clubs to offer up to 15 free passes to each eligible supporter per game.
That would include the pre-match handshake and photo opportunities.
But the new rule would apply only to pre-seasons.
“If you’re going into a match and you have 15 free pass available to you, you’ll have to go to the door and give your permission,” Mr Evans said.
Mr Evans said he was seeking feedback on the proposed change from fans, with the review underway.
“There are some issues that need to be addressed to ensure that we’re not undermining the game and the integrity and integrity of our sport,” he told ABC Radio Melbourne.
“And we’re going, if we’re getting enough feedback, going to take a look at that.”
Mr Evans says he believes the change will be reviewed at a case by case basis, with any changes considered to be made only if they were in the interests of the players, clubs and fans.
“At this stage, I don’t think it’s in the interest of our fans to have a player with 15 free-passes on a game day,” he explained.
“I think that would be unfair to the player and it would be disrespectful to our supporters.”
The AFL wants to review the policy to see if it is being properly implemented, but has yet to offer an update.
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