Collingwood's Jaidyn Stephenson speaks after his 10-match ban
Collingwood player Jaidyn Stephenson has expressed his remorse after he was found to have breached the AFL’s rules relating to betting on matches.
Stephenson was suspended for 22 matches with 12 suspended and also copped a $20,000 fine.
Stephenson placed three same game multi-bets in three separate matches this season in which he played. The bet stakes totalled $36.
The matches in question were against the Western Bulldogs in round four, Essendon in round six and St Kilda in round nine.
Earlier AFL General Counsel Andrew Dillon spoke about the suspension.
“We have very clear rules about betting on football. If you breach the regulations, you will be penalised. Jaidyn’s actions have compromised the integrity of the game. He knew the rules but chose not to adhere to them,” Mr Dillon said.
“Collingwood responded very quickly and appropriately when they were made aware of the issue and recognised the seriousness of the matter.” Mr Dillon said.
“Stephenson, his teammates and the club have all co-operated fully when interviewed and that along with the fact of self-reporting have led to a substantial proportion of the sanction being suspended.
“The AFL, AFLPA, and all clubs provide extensive education and counselling on all matters relating to gambling.
“There is no clearer instruction – AFL players, club and league officials are banned from betting on the Australian Rules Football in any form.”
Stephenson will still be allowed to train with Collingwood but won’t be able to play in their next 10 matches. He will not be able to play in Collingwood’s VFL team during this