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AFL players’ union to consider multimillion-dollar concussion trust proposal

AFLPA to meet concussion campaigner Peter Jess this weekEnsuring how players are covered in next CBA high on agendaThe AFL Players’ Association will meet this week with concussion campaigner Peter Jess to discuss his proposed $2bn compensation fund to …

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Coroner calls for brain research following former AFL player Danny Frawley’s death

Victorian coroner Paresa Spanos says research could save livesReport encourages players to donate brains after deathA Victorian coroner is calling for more research into the long-term effects of head knocks in sport, in a report detailing the extent of…

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Coroner calls for brain research following former AFL player Danny Frawley’s death

Victorian coroner Paresa Spanos says research could save livesReport encourages players to donate brains after deathA Victorian coroner is calling for more research into the long-term effects of head knocks in sport, in a report detailing the extent of…

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Coroner calls for brain research following former AFL player Danny Frawley’s death

Victorian coroner Paresa Spanos says research could save livesReport encourages players to donate brains after deathA Victorian coroner is calling for more research into the long-term effects of head knocks in sport, in a report detailing the extent of…

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Eddie McGuire overshadows the work Collingwood needs to do, say AFL Indigenous leaders

Two women working inside the AFL to tackle racism say nothing should distract from the recommendations of the Do Better reportTwo of the most senior Indigenous people in the AFL say they’re disappointed the departure of Eddie McGuire as Collingwood pre…

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Former Collingwood player Leon Davis: ‘We don’t want our kids to have to go through the bullshit’

Drafted as an excited teenager, the First Nations man was stunned and isolated by racist bullying. ‘I don’t take any pleasure from Eddie stepping down,’ he says today. ‘The issues have not gone away’For the past few weeks, proud Balardong Whadjuk man L…

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Rugby needs to follow AFL path in confronting problem of concussion | Andy Bull

Australian Rules Football is proposing a trust for players suffering brain trauma and rugby could learn from this A fortnight or so ago I had an email conversation with a man who used to work as a development officer for the Rugby Football Union. We we…

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Collingwood establishes anti-racism group following resignation of Eddie McGuire

The group – comprising Indigenous leaders, directors and former players – will implement the Do Better report’s recommendationsCollingwood has appointed a group to address a culture of “systemic racism” at the AFL club amid the fallout from a report th…

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The AFL has much ground to make up on the issue of concussion and player welfare | Stephanie Convery

Putting $2bn behind the health and wellbeing of those who suffer brain injuries on its behalf is a pretty good place to startSlowly, reluctantly, painstakingly, the sporting world has been coming to terms with concussion.It’s taken decades for the corp…

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AFL considering proposal for landmark multimillion-dollar concussion trust for players

Exclusive: The plan – if accepted by the league – would represent a watershed moment in the recognition and treatment of players suffering from the effects of head injuries The AFL is considering a proposal for the establishment of a multimillion-dolla…

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Indigenous leaders welcome Eddie McGuire’s resignation as president of Collingwood AFL club

McGuire’s departure comes after days of pressure following damning independent report into racism at the clubEddie McGuire failed to identify his use-by date, writes Barrie CassidyThe Indigenous senator for Victoria, Lidia Thorpe, has hailed Eddie McGu…

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Indigenous leaders welcome Eddie McGuire’s resignation as president of Collingwood AFL club

McGuire’s departure comes after days of pressure following damning independent report into racism at the clubEddie McGuire failed to identify his use-by date, writes Barrie CassidyThe Indigenous senator for Victoria, Lidia Thorpe, has hailed Eddie McGu…

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Collingwood players write open letter apologising to anyone who suffered racism at the AFL club

The letter, signed by 150 footballers and netballers, states that ‘through our silence we feel responsible for these injustices’ Collingwood players have issued an apology for their part in allowing a culture of racism to develop at the club.In an open…

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‘Shameful’: Héritier Lumumba condemns Eddie McGuire’s response to Collingwood racism report

Exclusive: star AFL player who complained about racist behaviour at Collingwood football club said the review was only held because he spoke outStar AFL player Héritier Lumumba – who over 10 years endured racist taunts while playing for the Collingwood…

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Collingwood AFL club’s culture of ‘structural racism’ condemned in scathing report

Leadership on antiracism from highest levels, including the board, called to replace ‘deny, double-down and deflect’ response Collingwood has a problem with structural racism that its senior leadership must address and it should publicly make amends to…

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Underbelly of sporting psyche needs to change if concussion campaign is to be won | Brandon Jack

Contact sport athletes see knocks as a necessary evil to their work but they must become aware of their own mortality before it is too late“Be the hungriest, hardest cunt on the field. There is a senior spot open and you fucking want it.” 29 March, 201…

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AFL issues tighter protocols amid heightened concern over concussions

Players to be sidelined for at least 12 days if they suffer a concussionChange represents a doubling of mandated recovery timeOn the day the fifth edition of AFLW gets under way, new guidelines around head trauma have been issued, with players to be si…

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Australian rules football cases show players’ head trauma is a global issue | Andy Bull

Peter Jess represents a group of 135 former VFL and AFL players diagnosed with long-term neurological problems – ‘the most catastrophic events are the behavioural and mood issues’The last time I spoke to Peter Jess, he broke down midway through the con…

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Eddie Nowhere: why McGuire will not be missed when he exits Collingwood | Scott Heinrich

With a lengthy rap sheet, the outgoing AFL club president’s legacy will be one punctured by scandal and hypocrisyFor more than two decades, Eddie McGuire has been the biggest figure at arguably the biggest club of the biggest sporting code in Australia…

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Eddie Nowhere: why McGuire will not be missed when he exits Collingwood | Scott Heinrich

With a lengthy rap sheet, the outgoing AFL club president’s legacy will be one punctured by scandal and hypocrisyFor more than two decades, Eddie McGuire has been the biggest figure at arguably the biggest club of the biggest sporting code in Australia…