Sin bin: Cat’s forward Patrick Dangerfield still has time left on his current suspension, despite running on in a VFL practice match recently. Photo: DARREN ENGLAND/ AAP IMAGE

Calls to close ludicrous loophole

April 8, 2021 BY
GERARD Whateley believes the AFL made a mistake allowing Patrick Dangerfield and Zac Williams to play in VFL practice matches, despite serving suspensions.

Dangerfield was a surprise addition to Geelong’s VFL clash with Port Melbourne, while Williams represented the Blues against Richmond.

This is despite both being suspended an unable to play in sanctioned AFL or VFL games.

“What they got wrong, we were told moments before we went on the air for Crunch Time on Saturday that Patrick Dangerfield was going to play in the VFL practice match and Zac Williams had done so the week before,” Whateley told SEN.

“Suspended players lining up in VFL practice matches, I’m amazed this even needs to be said out loud, is ludicrous.

“Suspended players don’t get to play. I can’t for the life of me understand that the AFL has a rule that made this acceptable.

“Honestly, how many loopholes can you have?”

Dangerfield remains suspended for two more weeks, meaning he missed Easter Monday’s clash with Hawthorn and will sit for the round 4 four matchup against Melbourne.