PLAYERS whose seasons finish this weekend will be granted indefinite exemptions to holiday in Queensland, but will be told certain behaviour will be punishable under the AFL commission's bringing-the-game-into-disrepute measures.
Clubs were told by the AFL on Thursday of the outcomes of discussions with the Queensland government and AFL Players Association about post-season movements.
While some clubs believed that players should immediately return to their home state upon completion of match duties, it was agreed that some transgressions would see players sent home and hit with the most serious charges possible under AFL regulations, as well being answerable to Queensland law.
The requirements of the holidaying AFL players, officials and their families will include the strictest of adherence to social distancing measures introduced to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
The AFL commission will have the power to charge any of its players under bringing the game into disrepute, or conduct unbecoming clauses in its charter.
Both the clubs and the AFL will also have the power to financially sanction anyone who breaks the law.
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AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan said on Thursday all players would be made aware of the ramifications of poor post-season behaviour.
"Those who are staying are really clear about their accountabilities to the Queensland community, the Queensland government, to our game, about their behaviour, and there will be accountabilities for those who transgress but I am confident they will understand their responsibilities," McLachlan said.
McLachlan revealed the AFL had spent $60 million – largely on flights, accommodation, food and facility use - in Queensland since using it as the base for the 2020 seasons.
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He said the AFL had accumulated more than 101,000 "bed-nights" in Queensland hotels and resorts this year, and that nationwide, more than 51,000 COVID-19 tests had been conducted on AFL industry people.
"I want to say thank you to the Queensland community, thank you to the Queensland government," McLachlan said.