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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