Posted: 2 September, 2011
by Ronny Lerner
Luke Darcy And Eddie McGuire Call For Bigger Penalties For Gambling AFL Assistant Coach
Find out why Eddie and Luke think Dean Wallis deserves harsh penalties.
Former Bulldogs champ Luke Darcy and Collingwood president Eddie McGuire have both called for even harsher penalties to be applied to Essendon assistant Dean Wallis than those incurred by Magpies defender Heath Shaw eight weeks ago for gambling on an AFL match.
Wallis is being investigated by the AFL for allegedly placing a three-figure bet on the quarter-by-quarter margins of a match last weekend.
Shaw was banned for 14 matches, six of which were suspended, on the eve of Round 16 for placing a $10 wager on captain Nick Maxwell to kick the first goal of Collingwood’s match against Adelaide seven weeks earlier.
Shaw, who is line for a senior recall for the Magpies' first final against West Coast next week, was also fined $20,000 for his indiscretion.
But Darcy and McGuire both think that a bigger punishment is appropriate for Wallis.
“On this one, I just think that the penalty has to be up (on what Shaw received),” Darcy told Triple M’s Hot Breakfast.
“The biggest news in town (has been) Heath Shaw, if someone didn’t understand that, maybe it just has to be a bigger suspension. A year ban? I don’t know.”
Eddie added: “I tend to agree ... (with) these things, once you start handing out the suspensions, you’ve got to be smart enough to read the play.”
Eddie explained why it’s almost impossible for AFL figures to get away with gambling on the game these days.
“The AFL have very strong links now with the betting organisations for the integrity matters,” Eddie told Triple M’s Hot Breakfast.
“So if it’s a TAB, and we are led to believe it’s a rank-and-file TAB, they’ve got the cameras but also the TAB would be telling all their agencies ‘you must co-operate fully otherwise your license is at risk’.”
If found guilty, what penalty should Wallis receive?