AFL 2020: Adelaide Crows training session at the golf course, Fox Footy Live debate, Garry Lyon, Nick Riewoldt, Jonathan Brown

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Gaps in information regarding Adelaide’s recent disruption to training and the willingness of AFL players to adhere to physical distancing have sparked heated debate among many of the AFL’s top players.

Adelaide’s assistant coach Ben Hart was sacked for six weeks and 16 Crows players were suspended from a game on Monday. They have been found to have violated AFL coronavirus training protocols when players, in larger groups, near the end of a two-hour session at a golf course in the Barossa Valley.

The group had been authorized to train in pairs, as stipulated in the AFL coronavirus protocols, but players were found formed in two groups of eight.

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An AFL investigation found that the breach was accidental and that the Crows were not looking for a competitive advantage when they trained together. But the Crows seem lucky because the sanctions were imposed before the AFL tightened its training rules, as restrictions on coronaviruses were relaxed in Australia.

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