Adelaide Crows CEO Andrew Fagan apologises to league for Barossa Valley training breach

The AFL is furious with the club as they have repeatedly emphasised how it important it was to their negotiations with government for all players and club officials to adhere to the protocols in order to demonstrate they can be trusted to adhere to quarantine measures if travelling interstate as a club.

They are expected to deliver a hefty penalty to the club with deliberations underway.

Crows CEO Andrew Fagan has apologised to the AFL for his club’s breach.Credit:Getty Images

Fagan admitted the incident could jeopardise the progress of AFL negotiations with government.

“It won’t help,” Fagan said.


On this occasion, the 16 players began training in pairs but then moved into drills involving two groups of eight, breaking AFL rules and social distancing measures in place to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Fagan said he understood that and poor communication among those staying at the quarantine camp had led to the breach.

“We clearly got it wrong and we expect penalties,” Fagan said.

“As an industry we need to make it clear to the government and the community more broadly that the expectation around distancing and adherence to the medical protocols are really important.”

At the moment Western Australia and South Australia are refusing to relax border restrictions to allow AFL clubs to enter the state to play games without having to spend 14 days in quarantine under a “short-stay-play” model.

Queensland has granted approval but has made it clear adhering to protocols was critical to its decision otherwise that approval could be revoked.

Adelaide’s head of football Adam Kelly said on Friday that the club had not set out to break rules.

‘‘No one is out there deliberately trying to flaunt rules,’’ Kelly told SEN SA. ‘‘Quite simply, we have got it wrong and we own our mistake.

‘‘We certainly didn’t set out deliberately to break any rules.

‘‘The AFL have been at pains to have the clubs and players and staff understand that during these times, we’re training under restriction and we train in pairs only.

‘‘They [the AFL] are very disappointed, as you would expect that they would be,’’ Kelly said.

‘‘The AFL have done a wonderful job in working with all state and territory governments … they have been at pains to have us understand our obligations, especially around the training protocols.

‘‘This was a mistake that was made and should certainly not be seen as a representation of the broader industry.’’

With AAP

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