Adelaide Crows stuck in 2020.

The Adelaide Crows thought it was still 2020 and earned themselves a huge fine and a nomination for The Frownlow Medal after breaching COVID-19 protocols.

The AFL club was fined $50,000 after five players and three staff were not wearing face masks properly on a commercial flight recently. This happened just over a year after the club was heavily fined for…breaching COVID-19 protocols.

The Frownlow Medal is awarded to the player whose off-field demeanour epitomises the values of the modern-day footballer and draws attention to the status of footballers as role models to young Australians. It covers Australia’s four major football codes; the National Rugby League (NRL), Australian Football League (AFL), the A-League (Football) and Rugby Union’s Super Rugby competition. NRL player Shaun Kenny-Dowall won the inaugural medal in 2015, while AFL player Elijah Taylor is the most recent recipient.

The Crows were punished in 2020 after their players did not follow a directive to train in pairs while in quarantine at a Barossa Valley resort. Assistant coach Ben Hart was stood down for six weeks, as a result, while 16 players were handed one-match bans.

2020 saw countless footballers nominated for breaches of coronavirus bio-security protocols, and it seems the Adelaide Crows never learned their lesson. On this occasion, fellow passengers on the flight from Sydney to Adelaide reported the breach to the AFL, and the fine was swiftly imposed.

They say a week is a long time in football, and the Adelaide Crows just proved that a year is an eternity.

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Dan Houston’s house call costs $50,000.

AFL players Dan Houston and Peter Ladhams cost Port Adelaide Power $50,000 when Houston visited his teammates house and breached COVID-19 bio-security protocols. The pair have been issued with suspensions and been nominated for The Frownlow Medal.

The Frownlow Medal is awarded to the player whose off-field demeanour epitomises the values of the modern-day footballer and draws attention to the status of footballers as role models to young Australians. It covers Australia’s four major football codes; the National Rugby League (NRL), Australian Football League (AFL), the A-League (Football) and Rugby Union’s Super Rugby competition. NRL player Shaun Kenny-Dowall won the inaugural medal in 2015, while NRL player Ben Barba is the most recent recipient.

The Port players were the latest professional footballers to be involved in a coronavirus breach, in what is becoming a right of passage for Australian-based players. A total of 29 players have so far been nominated for Frownlow honours for breaching incidents as broad as barber shop visits, Tik Tok videos, booty calls, drunken car crashes and late night parties.

Houtson reportedly visited Ladhams house in Adelaide along with other people who are not in the Power COVID-19 bubble, after their recent game against the Western Bulldogs.

The Frownlow Medal organisers are really hoping that COVID-19 restrictions are eased by the end of this year, so that at lest one nominee can attend the prestigious awards night in person.

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Do you want to play for the Brisbane Broncos this year?

If you’ve ever dreamt of playing NRL for the Brisbane Broncos this might be your chance, because 10 more players breached COVID-19 protocols and the club might not have any eligible first-grade players for the rest of the season.

Kotoni Staggs, Jake Turpin, David Fifita, Cory Paix, Keenan Palasia, Sean O’Sullivan and Corey Oates joined three development players at the Everton Park Hotel in Brisbane and earned nominations for The Frownlow Medal, as well as $140,000 in fines for the club. The players will each be fined 5% of their salary.

The Frownlow Medal is awarded to the player whose off-field demeanour epitomises the values of the modern-day footballer and draws attention to the status of footballers as role models to young Australians. It covers Australia’s four major football codes; the National Rugby League (NRL), Australian Football League (AFL), the A-League (Football) and Rugby Union’s Super Rugby competition. NRL player Shaun Kenny-Dowall won the inaugural medal in 2015, while NRL player Ben Barba is the most recent recipient.

The breach brings to 27 the number of professional footballers who have earned Frownlow nominations for coronavirus breaches in 2020, and continues the horror year for the Broncos.

The proud club started the season with serious injuries to many key players and is one place away from the wooden spoon. They are in a public spat with one of their young stars, Tevita Pangai Jr. who also broke bio-security protocols to attend the opening of a barber shop. Even club legend Alan Langer, who spends 80 minutes on the field every game anyway, can’t make a comeback because he breached bio-security regulations to have a drink at a pub and was nominated for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.

Oates and Fifita, meanwhile, earn their second Frownlow nominations. Oates was nominated in 2017 for a bromantic tiff with Broncos legend Justin Hodges, while Fifita got himself locked up after a pub fight in Bali last year. The Broncos bailed Fifita out, but he still decided to sign a contract with the Gold Coast Titans for next season.

Some NSW residents and NRL fans must love what they’re seeing at the Broncos this year.

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Double fault earns Buckley and Sanderson a nomination for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.

The biggest double fault in their careers has earned Former AFL players Nathan Buckley and Brent Sanderson nominations for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.

Buckley and Sanderson played a seemingly innocent game of tennis which was in breach of the AFL’s COVID-19 bio-security protocols, and the Collingwood coaches were served a $25,000 fine and forced to self-isolate for 24 hours.

The Frownlow Medal is awarded to the player whose off-field demeanour epitomises the values of the modern-day footballer and draws attention to the status of footballers as role models to young Australians. It covers Australia’s four major football codes; the National Rugby League (NRL), Australian Football League (AFL), the A-League (Football) and Rugby Union’s Super Rugby competition. NRL player Shaun Kenny-Dowall won the inaugural medal in 2015, while NRL player Ben Barba is the most recent recipient.

The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame honours former players and players who received media attention in previous seasons, for similarly scandalous behaviour, and its inductees include Ben Cousins and Julian O’Neill.

The head coach and assistant coach formed a doubles partnership for the tennis game, and were punished because the pair they played against were not members of the Collingwood team’s COVID-19 bubble. They are not the first football coaches to be punished for breaching protocol. Former NRL players, and now coaches, Wayne Bennett and Alan Langer were punished for the same offence within the past few weeks.

Speaking to the media after the incident, Buckley said;

“I need to be better”

But it’s unclear whether he needs to improve his adherence to the COVID-19 regulations, or his serve and volley game.

The Collingwood stalwarts have requested adjacent seats at the awards night for The Frownlow Medal and The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame, where they can celebrate with many other Magpies players who were also found guilty of breaches this year.

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Elijah Taylor joins The Breachers.

AFL player Elijah Taylor becomes the 17th professional footballer to breach COVID-19 bio-security protocols and has subsequently been suspended for the remainder of the season and nominated for The Frownlow Medal.

Taylor was punished after his partner entered the Sydney Swans’ quarantine accommodation in Western Australia without permission, which is breach of AFL and WA quarantine regulations.

The Frownlow Medal is awarded to the player whose off-field demeanour epitomises the values of the modern-day footballer and draws attention to the status of footballers as role models to young Australians. It covers Australia’s four major football codes; the National Rugby League (NRL), Australian Football League (AFL), the A-League (Football) and Rugby Union’s Super Rugby competition. NRL player Shaun Kenny-Dowall won the inaugural medal in 2015, while NRL player Ben Barba is the most recent recipient.

Taylor’s mistake resulted in a $50,000 fine for the Swans and severe punishment for the young Swan.

Fans want to know if Taylor will ever play in the AFL again, and if he will sneak his partner into the awards night for The Frownlow Medal and The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame later this year.

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Alfie raises a glass to celebrate his nomination for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.

Former NRL player Allan Langer has promised to share a coldie with every single Frownlow nominee after learning of his own nomination for the highly prestigious Hall of Fame. Alfie decided this was the best way to celebrate the nomination, which he earned for incidents related to the abuse of alcohol and for breaking COVID-19 bio security protocols while working with the Brisbane Broncos.

The Frownlow Medal is awarded to the player whose off-field demeanour epitomises the values of the modern day footballer and draws attention to the status of footballers as role models to young Australians. It covers Australia’s four major football codes; the National Rugby League (NRL), Australian Football League (AFL), the A-League (Football) and Rugby Union’s Super Rugby competition. Rugby league player Shaun Kenny-Dowall won the inaugural medal in 2015, while fellow NRL player Ben Barba is the most recent recipient.

The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame honours former players and players who received media attention in previous seasons, for similarly scandalous behaviour, and its inductees include Ben Cousins and Julian O’Neill.

Nominees are invited to Alfie’s Bar at the Brisbane Broncos Leagues Club, in Queensland, to reminisce on Langer’s drink driving charge in 2010. Guests will be regaled with tales of the alcohol consumption which put him three times over the legal limit before he got behind the wheel of his car.

Guests will hear how Langer was suspended from his coaching role at the Broncos as a result of the incident and how he was back coaching one week later. The plucky little halfback will then revel in the irony of being brand ambassador for Lion Nathan brewery at the time of his drink driving charge.

After a few more bevvies, the boys might even be lucky enough to witness a re-enactment of Langer’s famous underpants dance in a pub, which was captured on film. Nominees can then compare this performance with Langer’s current on-screen performances behind every ruck of every NRL game involving the Broncos and Queensland.

Of course, this grand event will have to wait until Langer finishes his two week COVID HOLD, handed down after he broke the NRL’s strict bio-security protocols by visiting…a pub.

At the end of the evening, nominees can call ‘shotgun’ as Alfie drives them all home in his Bar’s own courtesy bus.

To view the star-studded guest list for Alfie’s gathering, go to http://www.instagram.com/thefrownlowmedal/

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Tevita Pangai Jr. has a close shave with police and a bikie gang.

NRL player Tevita Pangai Jr has earned a nomination for The Frownlow Medal after he was caught attending the opening of a barber shop which was raided by police due to its alleged connection to a bikie gang.

The Frownlow Medal is awarded to the player whose off-field demeanour epitomises the values of the modern-day footballer and draws attention to the status of footballers as role models to young Australians. It covers Australia’s four major football codes; the National Rugby League (NRL), Australian Football League (AFL), the A-League (Football) and Rugby Union’s Super Rugby competition. NRL player Shaun Kenny-Dowall won the inaugural medal in 2015, while NRL player Ben Barba is the most recent recipient.

Not only was Pangai Jr caught up in a police raid, but he was judged to have breached the NRL’s coronavirus bio-security protocols and will now have to self-isolate for two weeks. The Brisbane Broncos player is not suspected of having any link to the bikie gang, but was mingling with the public, which is against the rules of the NRL’s COVID-19 restrictions.

Pangai had already missed four games in this truncated season, after he was found guilty of dangerous contact on an opponent in a game against the Cowboys. The rampaging forward also adds his name to the very long list of footballers who have been punished for breaching social distancing regulations in 2020.

It makes you wonder if anyone will be able to attend the awards ceremony for The Frownlow Medal and The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame this year.

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Wayne Bennett punished for smiling.

Wayne Bennett thought he would get away with it. The former rugby league player and famed coach thought no one would notice him dining out at a restaurant in Sydney. Then he smiled. Patrons were shocked, the press was alerted and Bennett was found guilty of breaching the NRL’s biosecurity measures. As a result, the South Sydney Rabbitohs coach was punished by the NRL and nominated for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.

Bennett played a number of games for Australia and Queensland and is one of the most successful and famous coaches in the history of rugby league. He is just as well known for his reluctance to smile, even when his team wins.

The Frownlow Medal is awarded to the player whose off-field demeanour epitomises the values of the modern-day footballer and draws attention to the status of footballers as role models to young Australians. It covers Australia’s four major football codes; the National Rugby League (NRL), Australian Football League (AFL), the A-League (Football) and Rugby Union’s Super Rugby competition. NRL player Shaun Kenny-Dowall won the inaugural medal in 2015, while NRL player Ben Barba is the most recent recipient.

The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame honours former players and players who received media attention in previous seasons, for similarly scandalous behaviour, and its inductees include Ben Cousins and Julian O’Neill.

Patrons at the restaurant in Leichhardt said they didn’t notice Bennett throughout the main course, and claim that after he finished the first glass of red and was receiving his dessert the grin started to appear on his face. His cover was blown and everyone in attendance could see that it was the famously unemotional NRL coach who was sharing a meal with them.

Bennett must stay away from his players and Rabbitohs staff for two weeks in line with the NRL’s COVID-19 rules, which means that and players and fans will miss his cheery demeanour.

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Dragons star signs in as Paul Vautin at local cafe.

The Frownlow Medal can reveal that NRL player Paul Vaughan signed in under the name Paul Vautin at a cafe in the Illawarra and subsequently earned himself a nomination for the prestigious cross-code award. Vaughan’s alleged attempt to conceal his identity, and his visit to the cafe, are breaches of the NRL’s strict COVID-19 restrictions which players and team staff must obey in order for the competition to continue.

The NSW and Australian representative has not shared the name he allegedly used at the cafe, but The Frownlow Medal can reveal that it was the name of the retired Manly and Roosters player Vautin.

The Frownlow Medal is awarded to the player whose off-field demeanour epitomises the values of the modern-day footballer and draws attention to the status of footballers as role models to young Australians. It covers Australia’s four major football codes; the National Rugby League (NRL), Australian Football League (AFL), the A-League (Football) and Rugby Union’s Super Rugby competition. NRL player Shaun Kenny-Dowall won the inaugural medal in 2015, while NRL player Ben Barba is the most recent recipient.

Sources close to Vaughan explained the decision.

“Well, he says everyone calls him Paul Vautin anyway because their names sound so similar, and because Vautin is on the TV all the time. Plus, Fatty is not exactly known as being a genius so this is the kind of crazy thing he would do, and nobody would question it.”

No one has ever accused rugby league players of being intellectual heavyweights, and Vaughan’s actions support this theory. He chose to visit a cafe in the Illawarra, despite playing for a team based in the Illawarra, which has a very strong interest and tradition in rugby league. Yet he obviously thought he would go unnoticed.

Furthermore, Vaughan used the name of a proud Queenslander who lives in Queensland. Like most Queenslanders, he only leaves the sunshine state for a very good reason, and grabbing a coffee in the Illawarra is not one of them.

At least he didn’t sign in as Jack De Belin.

When a footballer gets in trouble for having a coffee at a cafe, you know we’re living in crazy times.

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Bryce Cartwright and Brian Kelly make history.

NRL players Bryce Cartwright and Brian Kelly have become the first players in the history of professional football to be punished for NOT sticking a needle into their arm.

The two Gold Coast Titans players were stood down by the NRL after refusing to have an influenza vaccination, and subsequently earned nominations for The Frownlow Medal.

The Frownlow Medal is awarded to the player whose off-field demeanour epitomises the values of the modern-day footballer and draws attention to the status of footballers as role models to young Australians. It covers Australia’s four major football codes; the National Rugby League (NRL), Australian Football League (AFL), the A-League (Football) and Rugby Union’s Super Rugby competition. NRL player Shaun Kenny-Dowall won the inaugural medal in 2015, while NRL player Ben Barba is the most recent recipient.

Cartwright and Kelly refused to comply with the COVID-19 regulation as they have a personal objection to vaccinations, but authorities in Queensland stipulated that every single player must be vaccinated, or receive official approval to abstain from vaccination, in order for the NRL to resume on May 28. Cartwright and his wife have previously spoken out against vaccination of any form, and publicly declared their stance on social media.

Cartwright and Kelly have become the first players to be punished by their governing body, and to be nominated for Frownlow honours, for NOT injecting drugs into their body. The Frownlow Medal honours list is full of professional footballers who have been nominated, or rewarded for injecting all sorts of substances into their body.

The Titans players also join the growing list of players who have been suspended from a competition that is not actaully taking place – something of an achievement in itself.

This is Cartwright’s second nomination for Frownlow honours. The talented backrower was first nominated in 2017 after it was discovered he had enlisted former NRL player and fixer Lou Zivanovic to persuade his ex-girlfriend to abort his baby.

To make matters worse, judges of The Frownlow Medal have advised Kelly and Cartwright that they must be vaccinated if they want to attend the popular Frownlow awards night later this year.

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