Luke Beveridge says AFL ‘can’t have cake and eat it too’ after no hugging directive

Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge says it makes no sense for the AFL to play games if they are simultaneously advising players to refrain from hugging or high-fiving after goals, or linking arms while singing the team song.

He shared the AFL’s directive, sent to clubs on Friday, before the game, despite his own misgivings about those messages, Beveridge said.

The Bulldogs celebrate a goal during their drubbing at the hands of Collingwood on Friday night. Credit:AAP

The Bulldogs coach said he found it difficult to justify the instructions given the contact that occurred between players when they played AFL.

“You can’t have your cake and eat it too. If we’re playing, we’re playing and then we can’t then be saying ‘yeah but don’t sing the song with your arms around each other’,” Beveridge said.


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