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AFL suspends GWS recruiting assistant for betting

The AFL wishes to advise it today notified the GWS Giants Football Club that the AFL Competition Integrity Department had concluded its investigation on a matter involving a bet being placed in contravention of AFL rules by the club’s recruiting assistant Paul Brodie.  

The investigation found that Mr Brodie had breached AFL rules by placing a $100 head-to-head multi bet on five round 19 matches, including one match that the GWS Giants were playing in.  

The bet was successful, with a return of $945, and was detected as part of pro-active monitoring of cash betting activities by the AFL.  

The club and Mr Brodie have today been advised that he will be suspended from today from all duties for the next 13 months within the AFL competition until December 1, 2016. He will then be required to reapply for  registration as a Club official at the end of that suspension period.  

AFL General Counsel Andrew Dillon said the game would continue to act strongly in areas where officials, coaches, players, administrators or umpires were involved in betting activities against AFL rules.  

"At all times, players, coaches and senior officials are expressly prohibited from any betting involving AFL matches or events,” Mr Dillon said.  

"The AFL will continue to rigorously examine all betting activity across all betting agencies to ensure the rules are fully complied with at all times, and this breach was discovered through the AFL’s Competition Integrity Department pro-actively monitoring cash betting activity," he said.