AFL boss calls on players to wake up

AFL boss calls on players to wake up

AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan hopes Hayden Ballantyne’s mobile phone blunder is a wakeup call for all players.

The AFL integrity department is investigating the Fremantle small forward in the wake of last Friday’s pre-season win over Richmond.

Ballantyne injured his hamstring during the match and went into the changerooms, where a camera caught him on his mobile phone.

That breached AFL rules and while Ballantyne is unlikely to be punished, McLachlan was unimpressed.

“I think that every case is different,” McLachlan told 3AW.

“The point is that I think the players need to wake up.

“It’s the first time we’ve had one of these I think everyone instinctively feels he was calling family and friends.

“But there’s only so many chances you get and (the) home and away (season) is different, and the context is different.

“There will be a significantly different outcome than I think will happen this time.”

Dockers coach Ross Lyon was asked about the matter after the match and said he hoped for a common sense solution.

The AFL will decide this week if it takes action against Ballantyne.

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