Marlion Pickett unlikely to be allowed to access GoFundMe crowdfunding donations, says AFL

Richmond’s Marlion Pickett is unlikely to be allowed by the AFL to access donations from a GoFundMe page that has already raised almost $6000 since being set up on Thursday to help the premiership Tiger.

The GoFundMe page titled Help Marlion Pickett sprang up after The Age reported he had applied for financial help from the AFL Players’ Association’s hardship fund. The mid-season draft selection, who lives with his partner and their four children in inner Melbourne, was due to earn a rookie wage of $85,000 but the 50 per cent pay cut negotiated with players means he has been earning about $3000 per month minus tax and superannuation as he waited for the game to resume.

In the spotlight: New fan favourite Marlion Pickett celebrates after Richmond’s flag win.Credit:Getty Images

The salary cap is a key plank of the league’s competitive balance policy and clubs must abide by the rules or face significant penalties. Although the AFL assesses each circumstance on its merits, the league confirmed on Saturday that it would be unlikely to allow players to receive money through crowd funding as the potential for abuse of the system would be too great.

Richmond’s efforts to boost his finances have been the subject of ongoing discussion with the AFL as Pickett’s earnings must be independent of the club to stay out of the salary cap. The Tigers were working with the AFL to gain permission for Pickett to work as a mentor.


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