AFL accused of breaking its own rules over Buddy Franklin trade to Sydney Swans

The AFL have been accused of breaking their own free agency rules back in 2013, with the Sydney Swans claiming that the league played a huge role in attempting to lure Buddy Franklin to GWS.

Franklin, with only one year remaining on his deal at Hawthorn, was strongly linked with a move to the struggling Giants, with the free-scoring forward viewed as the shot in the arm that the new club badly needed.

But it was the Swans who swooped and landed Franklin on a monster nine-year deal worth $10million, taking the media, AFL and GWS by surprise.

And former Swans chairman Richard Colless has detailed how the AFL’s strong involvement in GWS’ pursuit of Franklin was in breach of the rules they had created about the free agency market.

‘Lance was going to do one of two things: stay at Hawthorn or play with the Swans,’ Colless told the Sydney Morning Herald. ‘The AFL, in breach of all the rules they had just created in relation to free agency, were dealing with Lance and his manager directly, trying to lure him to GWS.

‘The AFL felt they had superior negotiating clout and thought that’s where he should go because they were desperate to fast-track GWS’s success.

‘It was a nonsense and it remains so. If you think the best players of all time are going to bottom clubs to get paid more money, you’re out of touch with world sport. He just wasn’t going there.’

Swans managed to gazump GWS thanks in large part to the strong relationship between Franklin’s manager, Liam Pickering, and Sydney coach John Longmire.

Pickering was Longmire’s best man at his wedding and he contacted CEO Andrew over a potential move, which took the chairman by surprise.

‘It’s important this is understood: we didn’t instigate it,’ Colless added. ‘We knew nothing about it until Lance’s manager, Liam Pickering approached Andrew Ireland.’

Franklin underwent a medical in Sydney during the 2013 season but nobody outside the club caught a whiff of the seismic deal in the offing.

What has followed has been an incredibly fruitful nine years in New South Wales for Franklin, which could be capped off with a premiership tomorrow at the MCG.

He recently put pen to paper on a one-year extension at the club and took the opportunity to aim a dig at the ‘knockers’ that doubted whether he would see the deal through.

‘Yeah there’s been a lot of knockers over the years, haven’t there?’ he said. ‘A lot of people knocking that I wouldn’t get there, I wouldn’t make it. That I’d play for four or five years and that would be it. I’ve definitely proved them wrong, haven’t I?’

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    Footy legend Laurie Daley says NRL will have its first female head coach within 10 years

    Rugby league has been seen as only a man’s game for many, many years – but no longer, according to footy legend Laurie Daley.

    The 53-year-old NSW, Kangaroos and Raiders great has firmly believes women are ready to makes waves in the NRL’s top coaching roles.

    It comes as the NRLW gets ready for its sixth season amidst a stunning rise in popularity, culminating in more than 42,000 people watching Millie Boyle’s Newcastle Knights defeat Parramatta in this year’s grand final.

    Daley has been a very vocal supporter of not only the NRLW since its inception, but of more girls and women playing and being involved with the game. He insists it’s ‘inevitable’ there will be a female coach at the top level in male footy very soon.

    ‘I think in the next five years we might start to see women as assistant coaches and then in ten years we might see our first-ever NRL female head coach. There are opportunities there now that weren’t there years ago,’ he told News Corp.

    ‘I think it’s inevitable that it will happen, a woman being a head coach or an assistant coach. That’s the way we’re tracking.’

    Daley’s comments are not part of a PR exercise driven by the governing body.

    His message is about females who have the same coaching and mentoring credentials of their male counterparts – of which there are many – being empowered to apply for and receive coaching roles they will excel in.

    Two of the highest-profile examples are former NRLW, Blues and Australian stars Ruan Sims and Kylie Hilder, who both seem perfectly poised to shatter the glass ceiling in rugby league.

    Sims, who is probably just as well known these days as her NRL star brothers Tariq, Ashton and Korbin, knows the men’s game intimately through her family and high-profile broadcasting role.

    So well versed is she in the playing, coaching and commentary roles she’s held in both the men’s and women’s game, she received an OAM last year for her services to rugby league.

    Hilder has more actual coaching pedigree, having guided the Blues to a State of Origin victory this season.

    The man who succeeded Daley as NSW coach, Brad Fittler, brought Hilder into the Blues coaching box and continues to mentor her.

    Daley said women like Hilder and Sims – and up-and-coming counterparts like Queensland’s Tahnee Norris and Western NSW Indigenous product Jess Skinner – could see themselves at the top level one day soon.

    ‘If they get an opportunity and are prepared to put in the hard work then I think they would do a good job. I can see no reason why it wouldn’t be accepted,’ he said.

    ‘There is certainly an opportunity for one or two women to be promoted into those roles. Maybe it could start with a coaching job in the under-20s, SG Ball, Jersey Flegg but eventually they would get there.’

    Top footy pundit Michelle Bishop, who shattered her own glass ceiling in the male-dominated world of sports journalism, appreciated the sentiment – but questioned why Daley felt the need to say it could only happen in several years time.

    ‘Laurie Daley has suggested that we will see a female full-time assistant coach within five years. He then talked about 10 years down the track that we’ll see a head coaching position held by women in the NRL,’ she said on SEN.

    ‘He says it’s inevitable and it is. (But) Why are we putting a time frame on this?

    ‘I just don’t want it to be a ticking box exercise and they have got to be the right person for the job.

    ‘Let it just play it out naturally and be genuine about it. Who knows? We could see someone in two or three years.’

    That’s something ‘other’ major footy code in the country has gotten right much better: Australian Rules.

    As per usual, the AFL has led the way, by a significant amount, when it comes to ensuring something isn’t a ‘box-ticking exercise’ – but instead is of tangible and important value to the game.

    For almost a decade, the AFL have worked hard at fostering elite female coaching talent and employing them in roles that they are just as qualified for as any male is.

    After a storied playing, coaching and teaching career, trailblazer Peta Searle became the first woman to earn a full-time coaching role in a male AFL program way back in 2014 with St Kilda.

    Geelong have already indicated they are keen for AFLW legend Daisy Pearce to be an assistant coach with the men’s side; and the league’s Women’s Coaching Acceleration program has ensured there is a huge array of both former players and mentors that are poised to make waves in an AFL program of either gender.

    But, one step at a time.

    Having footy legends like Daley and Fittler championing female coaches – even though the governing body doesn’t appear to offer much help – is a massive step in the right direction.

    Rugby league, as any sport, is better with a variety of genders, races and ages having a say in mentoring both young players and elite stars.

  • 24 минуты назад 08.12.2022Sport
    UFC 286 is announced for London on March 18 next year

    UFC 286 will take place in London on March 18 next year, in the first numbered event to be held in Britain since Michael Bisping vs Dan Henderson in 2016.

    The organisation confirmed the news that had been widely expected, particularly after Dana White outlined his intentions earlier this year.

    The UFC president has seen two wildly successful cards hosted at the O2 Arena in 2022 and it is no surprise that another event has been booked.

    No fights have been announced at this stage but it will almost certainly be headlined by Leon Edwards’ trilogy against Kamaru Usman.

    Edwards shocked the world when he delivered a late head kick KO of the former welterweight champion, claiming his belt back in August.

    He had been losing the fight before the fifth-round finish but came up with the killer blow when it mattered.

    It was the first defeat in Usman’s UFC career and the ‘Nigerian Nightmare’ will be desperate to reclaim his place at the top.

    In terms of numbered events, UFC 284 will be the first since UFC 204 to take place in the UK.

    Bisping defended his middleweight title against Henderson in Manchester, on a card that started in the early hours of the morning to accommodate foreign TV audiences.

    It remains to be seen whether the UFC will opt for a similar strategy this time.

    Tickets will be available for general sale on January 27 via AXS and Ticketmaster, with Fight Club members having priority on January 25 followed by early registrants on January 26.

    There is a vast array of British talent making waves in the UFC and many of them graced the O2 Arena this year.

    The likes of Paddy Pimblett, Molly McCann, Muhammad Mokaev, Arnold Allen, Paul Craig and many more are likely to be pushing to compete in what will no doubt be a momentous night.

  • 24 минуты назад 08.12.2022Sport
    Garry Lyon and Tim Watson’s boss apologises after footy legends ‘ignored fan’s anti-Semitic rant’

    SEN Radio boss Craig Hutchison has issued a grovelling apology on behalf of AFL legends Garry Lyon and Tim Watson after the high-profile duo were called out for giving their ‘stamp of approval’ to an anti-Semitic rant surrounding rising star Harry Sheezel.

    On December 2, a North Melbourne fan who identified himself as ‘John from Epping’ called the pair’s radio show and hit Sheezel with a disgraceful anti-Semitic slur.

    The forward, 18, has Jewish heritage – and ‘John’ questioned on the airwaves whether he was worth snaring from the AFL Draft.

    ‘We got this Jewish player (in the draft),’ John said.

    ‘You know, the Jewish, they are loaded with money, so maybe, we don’t need to go to Tasmania anymore, because probably if we needed some money his parents might pay for it.’

    Lyon failed to call out ‘John’ for the shocking rant, and later compared the youngster to ex-Geelong and GWS star Stevie Johnson.

    Watson also had the opportunity to condemn the comments, but stayed silent.

    Anti-Defamation Commission chairman Dr Dvir Abramovich condemned the on-air comments, saying the pair ‘essentially gave him their stamp of approval, and it gave a message to listeners that this type of language was legitimate and acceptable … it gave the comments power’.

    Hutchinson then conceded the incident was unacceptable.

    ‘I would like to extend a personal apology on behalf of SEN for any inadvertent offence caused regarding the segment on SEN Breakfast from our regular talkback caller, John from Epping,’ Hutchinson wrote in a statement to Dr Abramovich.

    ‘Hosts Garry and Tim recognised the inappropriate nature of the comment and made a judgement call that it was best discussed with John off air.

    ‘This conversation with the caller took place prior to the program ending.

    ‘Garry and Tim have always stood for an inclusive show for everyone. As a business, we pride ourselves on our standards and respect for all communities and acknowledge our role in the sports industry as leaders in this space.

    ‘We once again apologise for the unintended offence this has caused.’

    Dr Abramovich has since accepted Hutchinson’s apology.

    In late November, Sheezel became the first Jewish player drafted since Ezra Poyas in 1999.

    The achievement was soured by a myriad of keyboard warriors flooding The Age’s Facebook post with a string of anti-Semitic comments.

    The post has since been removed, but not before prominent Jewish author Alex Ryvchin could draw attention to some of the racist remarks on Twitter.

    ‘A Jew actually doing physical exercise? Fake news’, one wrote.

    Another repulsive comment asked whether the rising star had enough ‘gas in the tank’ in reference to the horrors experienced by the six million Jewish people murdered by Adolf Hitler in World War II.

    Sheezel attended the prestigious Mount Scopus Memorial College, one of the world’s top Jewish day schools, where he learnt to speak Hebrew.

    Before playing in the top-flight junior NAB League, he played his junior footy with Jewish club Ajax.

    ‘You get these kids that you’ve just never seen come up to you and are like, ‘Oh, ‘you’re Harry Sheezel,’ I go to Scopus as well. You see these kids, they look at me how I used to look at Lance Franklin.

    ‘And it’s just like, wow, like, I can be such a positive role model and an influence to these kids,’ the gun youngster told Code Sports recently.

    ‘It is sometimes a bit of pressure, like if you don’t perform, am I letting them down?

    Only a handful of Jewish players have played in the AFL, with 1966 Saints premiership player Ian Synman the pick of the bunch after a stellar 154-game career.

    Poyas was the most recent, playing for Richmond in the 2001 preliminary final, with just eight Jewish players believed to have played at the highest level.

    There will be one more to join those ranks now – and Sheezel may be the pick of the bunch.

    The 186cm medium forward was brilliant alongside the much-hyped Will Ashcroft at Sandringham, kicking 36 goals from 14 matches as the side took out the NAB League premiership earlier this year.

    His crucial four goals in that grand final against Dandenong in September cemented his spot as a top-10 draft pick – and now he has the chance to forge a career in the AFL.

  • 24 минуты назад 08.12.2022Sport
    Vinicius Jr warns critics including Roy Keane that Brazil have ‘MANY more celebrations ready’

    Brazil star Vinicius Jr has defended his side’s choreographed dance celebrations that were blasted by Roy Keane as ‘disrespectful’.

    The Selecao performed short routines after scoring each goal in their 4-1 win over South Korea in the World Cup last-16 game on Monday.

    After Richarlison scored, event the manager Tite got involved, imitating the forwards ‘pigeon dance’ with players on the touchline.

    ‘Fantastic finish by Vinicius, great start to the game. But I’ve never seen so much dancing,’ fumed ITV pundit Keane.

    ‘I can’t believe what I’m watching, I can’t believe what I’m watching, it’s like watching Strictly [Come Dancing].’

    ‘I don’t like this. People say it’s their culture. But I think that’s really disrespecting the opposition,’ Keane furiously continued.

    ‘It’s four goals, and they are doing it every time. I don’t mind so much the first jig, it’s the one after that, and the manager getting involved.

    ‘I’m not happy about it. I don’t think it’s good at all.’

    But Vinicius insists the reaction of joy is bound to wind people up and warned the detractors such as Keane that Brazil have plenty more dances planned.

    ‘Sure, some love to complain when they see other people’s happiness and we Brazilians are a joyful people, so it will always bother them,’ he said on Wednesday.

    ‘The goal is the most important moment in football, in a World Cup it is even more important so it’s a moment of joy not only for us, players, but for our entire country.

    ‘We still have many celebrations ready, so we need to keep playing better, winning games and stay joyful in the process.

    ‘We need to stay calm and focus because there are more people with us than against us.’

    Graeme Souness was of the same opinion as Keane and added: ‘It’s only a matter of time before someone goes right through one of these Brazilians.’

    Brazil have not taken his criticism well, with the country’s media and fans instead unleashing an incredible attack on the Man United legend for his assessment

    Leading Brazilian TV channel TNT Sports wrote on Twitter: ‘HELLO, ROY KEANE! DON’T LIKE THE DANCES? BITE YOUR BACK! THIS HERE IS BRAZIL!

    ‘See if you can do something like that! Even Tite will dance here! Like it or not.’

    Another Brazilian broadcaster, Globo, responded to Keane’s criticism by reminiscing about some of his lowest moments as a player.

    Their report, which describes him as the ‘executioner’ following his goal against Palmeiras in the 1999 Intercontinental Cup final, takes a closer look at the most controversial incidents of his career, including his bitter fallout with Republic of Ireland boss Mick McCarthy at the 2002 World Cup and the infamously gruesome tackle which ended Alf-Inge Haaland’s career.

    Luis Castro, the head coach of Brazilian Serie A club Botafogo, labelled Keane ‘inelegant’ while claiming he simply doesn’t understand the country’s culture.

    Brazil face Croatia on Friday with a place in the World Cup semi-final up for grabs.

  • 2 часа, 24 минуты назад 08.12.2022Sport
    Australian cricket legends Ian Healy and Michael Clarke erupt over David Warner leadership ban

    A war of words has erupted between Aussie cricket legends over the treatment David Warner has faced over his life leadership ban stemming from the infamous ball-tampering scandal.

    Test veteran Ian Healy, Simon O’Donnell, Damien Fleming and former skipper Michael Clarke have all spoken out over Warner’s reaction to a saga that has never really gone away since Cameron Bancroft rubbed a bit of sandpaper on a cricket ball in 2018.

    Warner released an explosive statement on Instagram on Wednesday night, fearing a ‘public lynching’ if he was subjected to a public ‘trial’ over his appeal to have his leadership ban overturned.

    Warner and many other high-profile cricket figures like Clarke and Healy have heavily criticised Cricket Australia’s decision to effectively outsource the appeals process to an independent panel, which wants to revisit the ball-tampering affair and make the evidence public.

    Once that happened, it became clear to Warner that and his family with wife Candice would face yet another period of intense scrutiny if he went ahead with trying to get his leadership ban lifted.

    Healy, one of Australian cricket’s most popular and respected figures, was full of praise for the way Warner had criticised that decision with his carefully thought-out statement.

    ‘He’s (Warner) prepared this 800-word document quite well, very well actually. Now, I would like to see a similar style response by the independent panel,’ he told SEN Queensland on Wednesday morning.

    ‘He has saved cricket here. That panel was going to air cricket’s problems. Why?

    ‘Don’t air those negotiations, get the job done no matter what it takes behind closed doors. I agree with David Warner that it doesn’t need to be in public unless I get convinced by their response today,’ said Healy.

    Cricket Australia have already admitted they would have preferred it if the hearing was kept in house – though the question still remains as to why they would then entrust the process to a Counsel instead of conducting the review themselves.

    It is yet another case of Cricket Australia digging themselves further into a hole over their messy handling of an incident.

    ‘We are disappointed with this outcome as our intention was to give David the opportunity to demonstrate why his lifetime leadership ban should be varied at an independent hearing and we amended our Code of Conduct accordingly,’ a Cricket Australia spokesman said on Wednesday night.

    ‘We supported David’s wish for these discussions to be heard behind closed doors and respect his decision to withdraw his application.

    ‘David is a very senior and highly regarded member of the Australian team who has been a great ambassador for the game as a whole since his return from a year-long ban.’

    Fleming and Clarke were both flummoxed by Cricket Australia’s handling of the situation, with the former saying he was ‘disappointed’ they didn’t make the decision themselves.

    ‘It is disappointing. We want to talk about the play and the Test match, (but) four and a half years later Cape Town is still lingering, isn’t it,’ Fleming said on Channel 7’s pre-match coverage of day one of the second Test match against the West Indies at Adelaide Oval.

    ‘The win-win for me would have been once the door got opened, to open it wide, (and) give him the chance to have a leadership role in Australian cricket.

    ‘At 36, that is unlikely in the Australian team, but certainly likely in the BBL. If he was captaining the Sydney Thunder, that is great for the tournament,’ said Fleming.

    Clarke, who faced a similar amount of public scrutiny to Warner when he was skipper due to his profile off the field, explained why his former teammate might be even more aggrieved than he was previously.

    ‘You can tell he’s (Warner) disappointed and frustrated. I think the other thing that probably hurts a little bit more is the fact Steve Smith is going to captain this Test match,’ he said on Sky Radio’s Big Sports Breakfast.

    ‘I don’t know if it’s fair to make David Warner the complete scapegoat and say everyone else can go back to normal.

    ‘We’ll forgive you but we won’t forgive Davey. I’m not sure any of them should be involved in a leadership role.

    ‘It’s a tough one for Davey to swallow, rules in place for him and not for the others.’

    When ‘Sandpapergate’ rocked cricket in 2018 after the incident at Newlands in Cape Town during the third Test of a spiteful series, Warner was found to be the ringleader who encouraged Cameron Bancroft to rub sandpaper on the ball.

    Warner was banned from international and domestic cricket involving Australia for a year, and banned from ever holding a leadership position again while Bancroft was suspended for nine months.

    Smith was found to know of the plan but failed to prevent it, and as a result faced a two-year leadership ban in addition to one year out from the game at the top-level.

    He’s since captained multiple times since, despite initial hesitancy, and O’Donnell, one of Australia’s best ODI all-rounders, said all three players were responsible for the continuing mess, not Cricket Australia or the culture of cricket in the country.

    ‘David Warner copped his right whack for what he did. The bit that I wonder where he’s at with it, is one of his statements was for cricket to air its dirty laundry.’ O’Donnell questioned on SEN Breakfast.

    ‘It’s not cricket’s dirty laundry, it’s David Warner’s dirty laundry. The situation was caused by David Warner and his co-conspirators (Steve Smith and Cam Bancroft), not cricket.

    ‘It’s David Warner’s problem. He was playing the game of cricket, the individual isn’t bigger than the game of cricket,’ said O’Donnell, who had previously made the same comment about Justin Langer whingeing about his treatment in recent weeks.

    O’Donnell probably won’t like what Warner’s wife Candice had to say on Thursday morning, with the former ironwoman slamming Cricket Australia the hardest of anyone to make a comment.

    ‘It’s just unnecessary … this (trial) was all about David talking about how he has reformed and the good that he’s done; but this (the trial) is just not what its about,’ she said on her Triple M breakfast show.

    ‘The fact there was a lack of player welfare, and no welfare about David and our family, speaks volumes.

    ‘It has affected us for so long and I’m pretty sure that everyone doesn’t want to continue talking about this … David has had enough,’ said a teary Candice Warner.

    While Warner’s pursuit to overturn the lifetime leadership ban has ended, no doubt this is a saga that will continue to keep bubbling until the typical post-retirement biographies are released, and press for them is sought.

  • 2 часа, 24 минуты назад 08.12.2022Sport
    USMNT midfielder Kellyn Acosta and Knicks forward Obi Toppin exchange jerseys before New York win

    USA soccer star Kellyn Acosta and Knicks forward Obi Toppin exchanged jerseys before the NBA player’s game against the Atlanta Hawks Wednesday night.

    Acosta has just returned from representing the USA on soccer’s global stage in Qatar where the Americans were eliminated from the World Cup in the Round of 16 in a 3-1 defeat to Holland.

    Despite the heartbreaking exit, the USMNT still managed to capture the interest and support of fans across the country and Acosta appears to have earned the respect from the Knicks star.

    In a clip shared on social media, the pair were seen meeting up courtside before tip off and swapping jerseys.

    The midfielder handed Toppin the USA’s national team blue away jersey with his name on the back, while the six-foot-nine basketball star passed a white knicks jersey over in return.

    The duo then held them up in front of them with their names to the cameras and posed for photos.

    The USA crucially beat Iran 1-0 in their final Group B game to book their spot in the last-16 against Holland, after drawing against both Wales and England.

    However, the Dutch swiftly crushed the optimism and ambition surrounding Berhalter’s youthful team as Memphis Depay, Daley Blind and Denzel Dumfries were all on target to send the USA packing.

    Despite the heartbreak in Qatar, the Americans will have the chance to prove themselves once again at the next World Cup in 2026 – this time on home soil.

    After touching back down in the US, Acosta claimed on Good Morning America that the team will be back hungry and ready for the ‘immense’ home tournament.

    ‘It’s going to be a long four years but we’re building momentum,’ Acosta said. ‘I think having the games here on home soil is going to be huge. I know it’s going to be importantly immense and we’re excited for it.

    ‘We have a young group of guys that will gain invaluable experience from this World Cup and I know come 2026 that we’re going to be hungry and that we’ll be ready.’

    The Knicks went on to overpower the Hawks in a 113-89 victory, thanks to Julius Randle’s 34 points.

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