Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk bent over backwards to bring the AFL to Queensland and rescue the 2020 season.
This is how the AFL repays her.
The game was plunged into crisis on Friday when the league confirmed reports the integrity unit is investigating an alleged punch-on out the front of a Gold Coast strip club.
Tigers stars Sydney Stack and Callum Coleman-Jones are reported to have been involved in a brawl outside a strip club on Friday morning around 3.30am (AEST).
Stack, 20, and Coleman-Jones, 21, were allegedly evicted from the Hollywood Showgirls gentleman’s club on the Glitter Strip’s Orchard Ave before engaging in a fight just metres from a police station that left them both injured.
Police were called to the incident and released the following statement after fining both players $800.
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Richmond said it was aware of the breach of AFL COVID-19 protocols by two of its players and immediately reported it to the AFL, which has launched an investigation.
Reports later emerged the brawl erupted after Stack visited a kebab shop near the strip club.
There were immediate calls from within the AFL community for Stack and Coleman-Jones to be banned for the rest of the season on Friday afternoon — and Palaszczuk also leaned on the league to send a message to its players that further border and biosecurity breaches will not be tolerated.
“AFL players caught breaking COVID rules should be sent home,” she said in a tweet.
“Queensland won’t tolerate it.
“I know the AFL takes these issues seriously and will take appropriate action.”
If found guilty, the Tigers could be fined up to $100,000 after the club was last month fined $25,000 with a further $25,000 suspended as a result of Brooke Cotchin’s visit to a day spa.
Stack, from Western Australia, has played nine games for Richmond this season but hasn’t featured since a round 13 clash against Essendon in Darwin on August 22.
Coleman-Jones, a South Australian product, hasn’t played a senior game this season.
The Tigers last played against Fremantle on Wednesday night, winning by 27 points to move into the top four.
Despite not playing, both Stack and Coleman-Jones are required to remain inside their team’s isolation bubble.
Players and coaches are forbidden from attending bars and restaurants under strict COVID-19 protocols.