Eagles fine seven players
West Coast has fined seven players for attending a Perth nightclub in the hours after their 109 point loss to Richmond in round seven, the club confirmed on Monday.
Defenders Josh Rotham and Jackson Nelson were photographed at Hip-E club in Perth in the early hours of April 30th, the club releasing a strongly worded statement in the aftermath of the image becoming public last Friday.
Coach Adam Simpson said "“I am furious and disappointed with the actions of these players" as part of that statement, CEO Trevor Nisbett confirming on ABC radio that players had jeapordised their futures at the club as a result of their actions, the club decimated by both injuries and covid-19 amidst a 1-7 start to the season.
Jake Waterman, Patrick Naish, Rhett Bazzo, Campbell Chesser and Hugh Dixon were named as part of Monday's statement having also attended the nightclub, all seven fined $5000 with half of that suspended for 12 months.
“Given the club’s protocols and current circumstances it was irresponsible and disrespectful for those players to attend a nightclub,” Trevor Nisbett said in Monday's statement.
“After completing our investigation, we have decided to fine each of the players who broke specific club and player guidelines.
"We will continue to educate our players and those who transgressed will now need to regain the trust and respect of their teammates as well as everyone else at the club.”
The Eagles slumped to a 75 point loss to Brisbane at the Gabba on Saturday night with only 21 AFL listed players fit and available for the contest, the club calling on WAFL covid top up players Jake Florenca and Declan Mountford to field a side.
It's unlikely to get any easier for West Coast, with the bottom placed side facing reigning premiers Melbourne at Optus Stadium on Sunday.
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