Wednesday 17. February, 2016

AFL Tightens Integrity and Anti-Corruption Protocols

The Australian Football League (AFL) has announced the introduction of new laws to tighten the integrity and anti-corruption protocols of the sport. The new laws will ban accredited journalists and broadcasters from placing bets on games they are attending for work purposes.

The ban will apply from Thursday February 18, 2016 which is the start of the pre-season cup. It will help ensure that any sensitive information gained by media personnel from being on the premises will be used only for the purposes of news reporting and not for betting. This will reduce risk to the integrity of the sporting match or event.

The AFL will introduce a five hour blackout period for all media personnel after they enter a stadium, from two hours before the game begins until the final siren. Any bets that working media place on the game must be placed outside the blackout period, such as during the preceding week or even on the day of the match, but before entering the venue.

The ban will apply to all 2,000 media members that the AFL accredits each year, including journalists, broadcasters, photographers and technical, camera and production staff.

In a statement, the AFL claimed that working media have, in the past, had an advantage for betting as they “had been privy to sensitive team information once entering a venue, before the 90-minute cut-off period where clubs have to hand their final team sheets to the AFL.”

“The ban has been introduced to help protect against the potential misuse of information gained by personnel working at a match,” the AFL statement continued.

Previous anti-corruption measures restricted AFL and club personnel from placing any type of betting on a competition.

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