AFL star Harley Bennell investigated for possible COVID-19 violation after “leaving his team center for a drinking session”
- The Melbourne Demons player was still in quarantine but visited the offsite pub
- Reported to AFL who could send him home and fine him $ 10,000
- The team still have a chance to advance to the final after Saturday’s win over Essendon
Melbourne AFL player Harley Bennell is under investigation for breaking coronavirus rules by going to drink outside the squad center.
The Demons reported the potential midfielder violation to the AFL on Saturday night after learning about it.
Melbourne is still investigating, but Bennell is believed to have hit a pub outside the Twin Waters complex in Maroochydore, where the team are staying.
AFL player Harley Bennell (pictured with girlfriend Amy Crellin) under investigation for breaking coronavirus rules by drinking outside of the squad center
Bennell, 27, has been asked to stay outside the hub to avoid any possibility of him infecting other players inside the hotel.
Recruited from Fremantle this offseason, he only played five games this season and was still in quarantine.
He was ruled out in the team’s 68-49 victory over Essendon on Saturday, which kept his hopes alive in the final.
The AFL has warned players they could be fined $ 10,000 and sent home after the playoffs if they break the league’s coronavirus rules.
Recruited from Fremantle this offseason, he only played five games this season and was still in quarantine
Bennell celebrated the birth of his baby girl named Carter Ivy Logan Bennell last July
Richmond players Callum Coleman-Jones and Sydney Stack were sent home last month and suspended for 10 weeks after a scuffle outside a Gold Coast strip club.
Bennell was a solid, if unspectacular, player for the Gold Coast in 2011-15, but only played two games in four seasons with Fremantle.
He was expected to get a new contract with Melbourne after his one-year contract expired when he was barely playing.
Bennell’s career has been marred by a slew of indiscretions off the field, including a disorderly conduct charge for arguing with a security guard outside a Gold Coast nightclub in 2015.