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AFL introduces online whistleblowers service for players, officials

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THE AFL has introduced an online whistleblowers service for players and officials to anonymously tip-off the League with any integrity concerns.

Clubs have recently been notified of the 'AFL integrity net' program, which has been developed with its consultancy partner Deloitte over the past four months.

It will be opened immediately and allow players and officials across the competition to report anything they feel could compromise the integrity of the AFL. 

Issues that could be raised include the anti-doping code, gambling and anti-corruption policies, total player payments compliance, the draft and player transfer system and the League's personal conduct policy. 

The AFL bolstered its integrity department last year when it appointed one of Victoria Police's most distinguished officers, Gerard Ryan, to lead its investigations team.

Ryan, who served as a police officer for more than 40 years, was detective superintendent at the Crime Command of Victoria Police before joining the AFL and working with the competition's integrity manager Brett Clothier. 

The addition came after the AFL integrity department played a key role in the joint investigation with ASADA into Essendon's supplements program. 

Kurt Tippett's deal with Adelaide at the end of 2012 also saw the AFL investigate the key forward, the club and his management group, while there have also been several high-profile betting investigations undertaken. 

Most recently, Collingwood midfielder Jack Crisp was fined $5000 earlier this year for placing bets totaling $129 on AFL markets while he was with the Brisbane Lions.

Emerging Western Bulldogs youngster Lachie Hunter was also investigated for a betting incident earlier this year but was cleared after the AFL found he had not breached League rules. 

Hunter's betting account was used by another player – a member of the Western Bulldogs' VFL team – to place a bet on an AFL game.