An AFL assistant coach has been hit with a huge fine for violating Covid-19 quarantine guidelines earlier in the season.
Fremantle Dockers assistant coach Josh Carr has been fined $25,000 and banned for four games after violating Western Australian government quarantine regulations.
The former Port Adelaide and Fremantle player violated home quarantine orders after returning to Perth from the Gold Coast, where the Dockers had played on July 25.
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Carr had been ordered to spend 14 days in self-isolation, but when visiting his home during the quarantine period, police discovered that Carr was not at home.
After being ousted by the club earlier this year, Carr has already served two games of his suspension. He will serve the remainder in the first two rounds of the 2022 season.
According to the Dockers, Carr has agreed to pay half of the fine himself, while the other half has been suspended by the AFL.
Fremantle CEO Simon Garlick said Carr, who was also fined $6,000 by WA police, has shown remorse for his actions.
“The level of cooperation and understanding between all parties during this season and last year is the reason we were able to continue playing,” Garlick said in a statement.
“It’s not something we take for granted, nor is the wider commitment the club and the AFL have to the community to do the right thing.
“Josh has clearly shown remorse for his actions and will continue to have the support of the club as a highly valued member of staff.”
In a separate statement, Andrew Dillon, chief executive of the AFL, added: “The government’s quarantine measures are in place to ensure the best possible health and wellbeing for our players and staff, their families and friends and everyone in the wider community. to protect.
“We are in a privileged position to continue playing matches and we must respect that privilege conferred on us by the relevant state governments.”
The Dockers missed out on making a return to final footy this year in the second season of Justin Longmuir’s coaching career. The club has not tasted a September promotion since 2015.
Cross-town rivals West Coast also missed the play-offs, making the 2021 final series the first since 2009 not to include any of the Western Australian teams.