AFL fines Adelaide Crows after players caught not wearing masks on flight home from Sydney

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The Adelaide Crows have been fined $50,000 after vision emerged of two players travelling without face masks on a flight home from Sydney last weekend.

Images of former captain Taylor Walker and defender Luke Brown were released by the Nine Network on Friday, hours after other passengers raised concerns to the club.

The club has since confirmed “several players and staff” did not wear masks on the flight from Sydney to Adelaide last Sunday.

As of January this year, the wearing of face masks is compulsory in all Australian airport terminals and on domestic commercial flights.

“We are well aware of our responsibilities and the need to adhere to guidance and protocols put in place by the AFL and health authorities,” Crows CEO Tim Silvers said.

“We failed in this area and we would like to apologise to the other passengers on the plane.

“Our Club accepts the AFL’s penalty and from top to bottom owns this error in judgement.

“We were complacent and this matter must serve as a reminder to be vigilant in playing our part to try and limit the spread of COVID-19.

“It is a privilege to be playing games during these challenging times and we acknowledge the government requirement for people to wear facemasks in airports and on all domestic commercial flights.”

Adelaide’s statement did not specify which players did not wear face masks on the flight.

The Crows had been in the Harbour City for their relocated clash with Richmond but flew home afterwards to prepare for their round 12 match against the Magpies.

The South Australian government waited until Wednesday to give Collingwood the green light to enter the state as Victoria continues to battle its latest outbreak of COVID.

Including players and coaching staff, only 35 club employees will be permitted to enter Adelaide for the game and will do so via a chartered flight.

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