West Coast to high quality SEVEN gamers for partying with Tigers stars in nightclub whereas on an eight-day break – after former star slammed membership for ‘hanging footballers out to dry’
- Eagles boss mentioned the gamers’ resolution to go clubbing was a ‘slap within the face’
- 5 of the seven gamers who partied after the 109-point loss have been named
- All seven gamers can be fined by the membership on Monday for his or her half within the breach
- Nonetheless they won’t be suspended as a result of the membership wants the gamers
West Coast CEO Trevor Nisbett says the membership’s horror manpower scenario might imply the Eagles gamers who partied at a Perth nightclub will escape suspension – however they are going to cop hefty fines.
The Eagles have been pressured to journey to Brisbane for his or her AFL loss in opposition to the Lions on the weekend with simply 21 match and accessible gamers. South Fremantle’s Jake Florenca and Claremont’s Declan Mountford have been known as as much as debut.
It got here after Covid once more ravaged the membership simply days after seven West Coast gamers breached protocols and went clubbing with Richmond gamers simply 24 hours after they have been flogged by 109 factors.
Nelson and Rotham have been pictured on the nightclub with the picture circulated on social media
Defenders Jackson Nelson and Josh Rotham have been the primary gamers recognized after a photograph of them on the membership on the night time in query circulated via social media.
Jake Waterman was photographed and younger duo Rhett Bazzo and Campbell Chesser – who has a foot harm and isn’t anticipated to play in 2022 anyway – have additionally lately been named.
Nisbett additionally advised SEN that two extra Eagles have been in attendance throughout their eight-day break between matches, however didn’t reveal their identities. He mentioned the gamers can be fined, however their gutted roster meant the membership was not ready at hand out mass suspensions.
‘It was an actual slap within the face for our processes and tips. The fellows have not damaged the legislation or something, however from a membership perspective, I do know the opposite gamers are actually disillusioned.’ he advised SEN WA Breakfast.
‘They’re going to should cop the implications, however we’ll cope with that right this moment and will probably be completed and we are able to transfer on for the sport in opposition to Melbourne.
‘They know the circumstances we’re dealing with as a soccer membership, and the circumstances that they’ve put us in with going out on an eight-day break.
‘They will make as many excuses as they like – however it’s simply not adequate for elite athletes to do this below these circumstances.
‘Our gamers got particular directions to not be at nightclubs. There is no such thing as a excuse.’
Waterman performed in opposition to the Lions and can now face a high quality for going to the Perth nightclub
Earlier, Nisbett had advised ABC’s SportsTalk that he was ‘disgusted’ by the incident.
‘It’s one thing you simply do not suppose goes to occur with all of the training and the issues we have been doing within the final two and a half years actually,’ he mentioned.
‘From a membership perspective, we’re nonetheless going via the investigation to search out out why the gamers did this and the second half is to search out out if there are another gamers concerned. And there are penalties for that.’
Schofield felt that the West Coast Eagles hung the gamers out to dry with none assist
At this time’s announcement comes after former West Coast premiership participant Will Schofield slammed the membership for the way in which they dealt with the incident, accusing the Eagles of ‘hanging them out to dry’.
‘Essentially the most disappointing factor I’ve noticed on this most disappointing of seasons has been the membership hanging out their very own gamers to dry by way of a press launch that reeked of emotion and lacked any type of assist for them,’ he mentioned.
‘Adam Simpson is understandably upset and the membership is disillusioned. However the public shaming of the gamers, and the membership’s try to distance itself from them, was extra embarrassing than any of the Eagles’ on-field performances this season. Which is saying one thing.’