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Footballer banned for betting on teammate

An Aussie rules player has been suspended for gambling on one of his team’s league matches.

Collingwood's Heath Shaw will serve the 14-week ban – six weeks of which is suspended – after being found to have put money on teammate Nick Maxwell being the first goalkicker in their side’s game against Adelaide in round nine. Shaw was also fined AUD 20,000, while he and Maxwell were handed separate fines for revealing inside information regarding a team's match preparation. Shaw has since apologised and stated he will accept the penalties imposed upon him.

Australian Football League (AFL) rules state that players cannot bet on matches, with the organisation utilising an information-sharing agreement with major bookmakers to help protect the integrity of the sport.

AFL operations manager Adrian Anderson commented: "All AFL players, coaches, umpires and officials can be in no doubt that betting on the AFL is prohibited and they can not disclose inside information when it could be used for betting purposes. Serious sanctions will continue to apply.”
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