The dusting of the pen
A day of reckoning looms for the AFL as the AFL has revealed it will pay $1.9 million to former Melbourne Football Club star Dustin Poirier.
Key points:The AFL has confirmed it will be paying Dustin Poirtier a $1 million fineThe AFL will pay Dustin Poiritier $1m for the incident that occurred during the 2009 grand finalThe AFL says it will also pay $400,000 to a former AFL player who was involved in the incidentThe AFL announced on Thursday it would pay $500,000 towards a former football player who allegedly threw a bottle at an opponent during the 2010 Grand Final.
In a statement released on Thursday, the AFL said it would be paying $1,000,000 for the former Melbourne player who will receive a fine of $1-million and $400-000 in court costs and a $300,000 scholarship fund.
It said the former player would also receive a scholarship fund worth $500 million.
“We have received information that the AFL will be committing a significant sum to a player who has been involved in an incident of misconduct during the 2011 Grand Final,” the statement said.
“The amount committed to this individual is estimated at $1M and reflects the total costs to be incurred by the AFL in responding to this matter.”
The former player was suspended for three games, fined $1million and banned from playing for three years after the incident.AFL president Andrew Demetriou said the AFL would consider “all options” in the wake of the incident, including paying the money.”AFL will be assessing the potential consequences of its decision,” he said.
The AFL said the money would be distributed through a scholarship program which would also provide $400 million for the players involved.
“I am deeply saddened and angered by the conduct of Dustin Poiron and his family during the 2007 Grand Final, and I have already made clear my support for them and their family,” AFL president Andrew Deverell said in the statement.
“This decision is in the best interests of the AFL and the game of footy, and we will continue to support Dustin and his wife, Heather, in their recovery.”
The incident occurred in the final quarter of the game between the Cats and the Melbourne Storm at the MCG in Melbourne, where Poiriers side had a 20-point lead.
The former footballer was ejected from the game, with the referee declaring the player “unfit” to continue and awarding a penalty to the Cats.
The incident sparked a public backlash, with supporters and commentators demanding an apology from the player.
In December last year, the club released a statement apologising to the Poiririers family.
“Dustin has been a member of the Cats since he was a 16-year-old, and he has been an integral part of the club’s success over the past 10 years,” the club said in that statement.