Two Richmond players have been arrested outside a Gold Coast strip club, with the AFL investigating their COVID-19 protocol breaches.
UPDATE: Richmond players Callum Coleman-Jones and Sydney Stack have been suspended for 10-matches and ordered to leave Queensland after breaching COVID protocols with vision emerging of a late night fight outside a Gold Coast kebab shop.
The Richmond Football Club has also been fined $100,000 for the incident.
Tigers duo Sydney Stack and Callum Coleman-Jones were involved in a fight outside a strip club early Friday morning.
Queensland Police say two men were arrested after an altercation in Surfers Paradise about 3:30am.
“Both men sustained facial injuries as a result of the incident,” a police statement said.
“The men were both issued with a Police Banning Notice, excluding them from Gold Coast Safe Night Precincts and a Penalty Infringement Notice (PIN) for Public Nuisance (Violent Behaviour).
“Further investigations are continuing into the matter.”
An AFL spokesperson said the league was “aware of the matter and currently investigating”.
In a club statement, Richmond said it immediately reported the players’ protocol breach to the AFL and is working with the league to investigate.
The breach could leave the Tigers facing another significant financial sanction after they were fined $45,000 – with $25,000 of that amount suspended for the rest of 2020 – for an earlier breach by captain Trent Cotchin’s wife.
A fine of up to $75,000 plus the previous suspended amount could be issued by the AFL for the club’s second offence.
Stack and Coleman-Jones face possible suspension after Collingwood’s Steele Sidebottom (four games) and Port Adelaide duo Peter Ladhams (three) and Dan Houston (two) all copped multiple-week bans for serious protocol breaches.
Stack, 20, has played nine of his 26 AFL games this season and Coleman-Jones, 21, made his one senior appearance last year.
The pair are currently listed as injured with respective hip and foot complaints.
They are not part of a separate quarantine hub where AFL officials, and some players and family members, are undertaking the required 14-day quarantine period.
Hundreds of AFL players and club staff are living under strict protocols in Queensland bubbles to complete the 2020 season.
The majority of them have been temporarily relocated from Victoria.
The Tigers’ Gold Coast protocol breach comes just two days after the AFL announced the 2020 grand final will be held in Queensland at Brisbane’s Gabba ground.