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Blues to fine Betts after arrest

23/12/2009 05:56:44 PM Comments (0)

Carlton forward Eddie Betts is the third player from the AFL club to be in trouble after Saturday's alcohol-fuelled Christmas break-up.

The Blues have confirmed that Betts was arrested early on Sunday morning at Queen Street in the Melbourne CBD.

He was locked up for a few hours and fined for drunken behaviour.

Betts' team-mates Ryan Houlihan and Andrew Walker were also kicked out of Crown Casino and banned from the venue after a confrontation early on Sunday with staff.

The incidents follow an unofficial Christmas break-up for the players, which went for most of Saturday and included a bay cruise.

Carlton management are furious at the Crown and Queen Street incidents and Betts will be fined at least $5000.

The Blues have also fined Walker and Houlihan.

"This is the second incident that has been brought to the club's attention as a direct result of the players' unofficial end of year celebrations on Saturday," Carlton chief executive Greg Swann said in a statement.

"We understand a number of players drank excessively during a cruise in the afternoon.

"This is clearly the most disappointing manner to end the year as the club has embarked on a number of initiatives and programs with the playing group outlining the negative effects of binge drinking in the community."

"This issue will be readdressed by the club with the players and the AFL Players Association when all players return to commence pre-season training (next month).

"It is unfortunate that the actions of a few players have had such a negative impact on Carlton and all associated with the club."

Carlton also suspended Betts, Jeff Garlett and Cameron Cloke for round 22 last season after they had a night out and arrived late at a team recovery session the next day.

Swann added that while Betts was on leave at the time of Sunday's incident, he had still let the club down.

"The Victoria police have dealt with this incident as they would with any member of the community," Swann said.

"While Eddie Betts was officially on leave he still has a responsibility, like all players, to maintain the standards that are required of all Carlton players and on this occasion he has not done so.

"As a result he will be disciplined and fined the maximum penalty on his return from leave in January."

Two months ago, the Blues finally lost patience with star full-forward Brendon Fevola and traded him to Brisbane after his drunken misbehaviour at the Brownlow Medal.

It was the final straw after a string of off-field incidents involving Fevola.

Meanwhile, Carlton have also responded to reports that Mitch Robinson was involved in an off-field incident in Tasmania on the weekend.

"Allegations regarding Mitch Robinson being involved in an altercation in Tasmania over the weekend have been vehemently denied by Robinson, who is with his family in Tasmania for Christmas," the club said.

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