GEELONG champion Patrick Dangerfield has rallied against a "witch-hunt" for players who breach social distancing laws.
The superstar midfielder and AFL Players' Association president is assisting the union in its talks with the AFL regarding penalties for players who break strict COVID-19 rules as football plans its return.
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Players are aware they are set to face tighter limits on their contact with the wider public despite restrictions being eased across the country, in a bid to the game can return and keep running for the remainder of the season.
Dangerfield said it was difficult to set a penalty for players who are found to break the rules given the varying situation across the competition.
"It's a challenge and that's something that we're still working through, the nitty gritty in the detail of that, because everyone has their own personal circumstances for doing the things that they do," Dangerfield told Channel Nine.
"I don't think it's necessarily a one-size-fits-all [rule] so that's something that we're going to have to continue to work through and it will be fluid with the AFL."
The AFLPA briefed players from all clubs in meetings on Wednesday, with protocols regarding social activities among the points discussed.
Dangerfield said players believe there are sections of the media looking for them to put a foot wrong.
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"We've got to make sure we're not searching to hang players and in an environment like this when clearly everyone's been under the pump for a really long period of time, the media and media personalities included, people will be looking for things," he said.
"We've got to make sure it's not a witch-hunt to try to find things players are doing wrong for up and coming journalists who are under the pump from whatever organisation they work for.
"We've got to make sure we're abiding by the rules as players and doing it the best we possibly can."