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Lions will retain concessions, says AFL

By Adam Cooper and Greg Davis 18/02/2004 06:20:59 PM Comments (0)

The AFL has assured triple premier Brisbane it will not change the salary cap concessions which have the Lions' rivals seething.

But that did not stop Brisbane from launching a ferocious attack on the Victorian-based clubs who want the AFL to scrap its $600,000 advantage over the rest of the competition.

"I don't think Collingwood, Carlton or Essendon will be happy until they have world domination," Lions chief executive Michael Bowers said.

"We're trying to fight for the forces of good against evil to make sure that doesn't happen."

AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou said the league would not change its concession rule.

Asked if the AFL would change Brisbane's concessions before the end of the 2006 season, Demetriou gave a frank "No."

"You can't change something now that's been in place for next year, particularly after we've gone through the most extensive research and study into that issue," Demetriou said.

"Michael is right when he says that people have got contracts in place and to amend contracts mid-stream is not an easy thing to do."

The Swans are also allocated extra money under the salary cap to counter the higher cost of living in Sydney.

The AFL on Tuesday announced it would review Brisbane's cap concession, which gives the Lions extra money to help recruit and retain players in a traditional non-football state.

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