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'Lives in ruins': Lloyd's warning to AFL stars
Matthew Lloyd has expressed deep concerns about a growing problem plaguing AFL stars nationwide. Lloyd believes the signs of a gambling culture within the game arose a decade ago, coinciding with the increase in online betting sites, advertising and widespread smartphone availability. “I noticed as I was retiring, the amount of players who were becoming addicted to gambling and their lives were being destroyed by gambling,” Lloyd said. “I had players who I’d ask, ‘do you want to come for lunch?’ They’d say, ‘no, it is too expensive that place.
The AFL may be in line for a mass boycott from its fans after arguably the league's most famous fan took to social media to vent his frustrations.
Self-proclaimed leader of the Collingwood cheer squad, Jeff 'Joffa' Corfe, is perhaps the AFL's most notorious and well-known fans and has threatened to organise to keep fans away from grounds until the league issues an apology to its supporters.
Corfe's fury comes after the AFL issued a warning to an ejected Carlton fan over the alleged use of the term "bald-headed flog" during the Blues' Round 12 clash against Brisbane.
The Carlton fan was not the first fan in the crosshairs of the AFL this season, and Corfe took to his personal Facebook account to issue the ultimatum.
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Richmond coach Damien Hardwick has great confidence in young defender Ryan Garthwaite ahead of Friday night's blockbuster against top side Geelong.
"I won’t attend another AFL game until Gill (McLachlan) comes out and apologises to all supporters at the way we are being treated," he wrote.
"Some one has to make a stand on behalf of all other decent like minded supporters at the way we have been portrayed.
"Football is all about banter and fun booing and having a go at the umpiring. It’s about us you and me. I have never sensed outrage in the Terraces as what we are seeing now.
"So AFL get your supporter cardboard cut outs to replace us, get your fake crowd noise over the loud speaker systems at all grounds to replace us. We are the game or at least we thought we were."
The incident involving the Blues fan comes after a Richmond fan was handed a three-game ban by the club for allegedly calling an umpire a "green maggot".
Roos beat Suns in Ziebell's 200th AFL game
North Melbourne have picked up their third AFL win in a row with a 27-point victory over Gold Coast to celebrate captain Jack Ziebell's 200th match.
Following the Carlton fan's Round 12 ejection, the AFL released a statement that left fans more confused about what was and wasn't allowed at the football.
“For over 100 years, the footy has been a place to come together, barrack, cheer and share in the experience in whichever way you choose,” the statement read.
“There has been no directive from the AFL to change this.
“The theatre of match day is one of the great sporting experiences, a place to be expressive and passionate about your team and the game, it always has been, it always will be.
“In season 2019 there has been no change to the expectations of the behaviour of everyone at games.
“The AFL’s message to everyone is clear — come to the footy, barrack as loud as you can, enjoy the game and do so in a responsible manner.”
However, according to the AFLFA president Gerry Eeman, the league's handling of the incident shows that the standards have changed.
"We’re seeing several incidents where fans are being removed from stadiums for which they wouldn’t have been removed last season or the 100 years before that,” he said.
“We don’t condone abusing umpires or players but we feel that there seems to have been an over-reaction to tackling that problem and it’s leaving a lot of fans confused as to what is or isn’t acceptable.
“There’s also a creeping feeling of being watched by Big Brother at the football.”
Ryder will stay at Port in AFL: Hinkley.
Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley says axing Paddy Ryder for Saturday night's AFL game against Geelong isn't a pointer to an uncertain future at the Power.