AFL to tighten drug policy

AFL to tighten drug policy

The AFL will ramp up its war on illicit drugs, with the league reportedly ready to name, shame and penalise players who record a second offence.

The AFL will announce on Wednesday that players who incur a second strike for illicit drug use will now receive a four-week ban and a $5000 fine, according to News Corp Australia.

Previously, the identity of players remained anonymous until their third strike, when players then received a $5000 fine and possible suspension.

Now, a third offence will constitute a 12-week ban and $10,000 fine.

Players who test positive from hair samples will still not register a strike, while first time offenders will still only receive a suspended fine while going unnamed.

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