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AFL defends extra payments to players

By Roger Vaughan and Sam Lienert 25/02/2010 08:58:59 PM Comments (0)

The AFL's historic free agency agreement has put the spotlight on players receiving payments outside the salary cap.

While the league says the payments are not a problem now, it concedes there is greater potential for rorting once free agency is introduced at the end of 2012.

Players must also let the AFL know about investments they have with club associates.

Chris Judd and Gary Ablett are among 114 players who receive the payments, known as employment and independent agreements.

Judd has an environment ambassador role with Visy, owned by the family of late Carlton president Dick Pratt.

Ablett receives payments from the property development business of Geelong president Frank Costa.

The AFL says the total amount of the payments is more than $2 million, or an average of roughly $17,500 per player.

"These payments currently account for less than 1.4 per cent of the total amount that is paid to players," AFL operations manager Adrian Anderson told SEN on Thursday.

"Of the current time they are not at a level that you would consider there is any major issue there.

"What we need to do, particularly because we know in the future free agency will put more pressure on the salary cap is to make sure it doesn't become a problem.

"(AFL investigations manager) Ken Wood has been authorised, under the powers that currently exist in the rules, to take what measures he believes are necessary to stop that issue from becoming a major problem for us."

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