THE AFL confirms the Adelaide Crows have been fined $50,000 for breaching the AFL COVID-19 Protocols.

A number of Crows players and officials did not adhere to the applicable rule of wearing a facemask while on a commercial flight from Sydney to Adelaide last weekend. 

The AFL, in conjunction with the club, investigated the matter and determined a number of officials and players did not wear their facemasks properly while on the flight.

The club has been fined $50,000, with 100 per cent of the sanction to be included in their Football Department Soft Cap.

AFL General Counsel Andrew Dillon said there was simply no excuse for not abiding by the very simple applicable regulations.

“First and foremost, we all have a very clear responsibility to ensure we do everything we can to best protect the health and well-being of our family, friends and everyone in the community,” Mr Dillon said.

“The rule here is clear and has been in place for some time and there is simply no excuse for not abiding by it.

“We will not compromise the health and well-being of the community, and remind everyone in the industry – players, coaches, officials and staff - that they have a responsibility to adhere to the rules for the safety of everyone.”