GWS Giants AFL player Lachie Whitfield takes part in a training session.
GWS Giants AFL player Lachie Whitfield takes part in a training session. PAUL MILLER

Giants to face AFL Commission over Whitfield saga

AFL: The GWS Giants will be forced to front the AFL Commission on December 13 after the club was charged with conduct "unbecoming” following the investigation into the Lachie Whitfield drug scandal.

Two former GWS employees, football boss Graeme Allan and player welfare manager Craig Lambert, last week received 12-month bans for allegedly attempting to shield Whitfield from drug testers. The player was outed for six months.

The Giants, who were allowed to keep their picks for Friday night's national draft, will contest the charge of "bringing the game into disrepute”.

"The club regards any potential sanction stemming from this charge as unwarranted and inappropriate given the admissions by the former staff members that they acted outside their authority,” GWS said in a statement.

AFL chief executive Gill McLachlan, meanwhile, spoke of the importance of player welfare in light of Chris Yarran stepping away from his contract at Richmond due to personal reasons.

"Whether it's been Chris Yarran or others that have gone public this year, there are also numbers that show a number of players, that are not known about broadly, suffer from mental illness in various forms,” he said.

"It's a real issue (and) we work with the experts on the right approach (to deal with it).”


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