Demons recruit Jake Melksham has been fined $10,000 for misleading AFL authorities in a gambling investigation.
The Herald Sun reported that midfielder was cleared of any wrong doing, but was sanctioned for not being entirely truthful in the initial stage of the investigation.
The AFL released a statement saying that Melksham wasn’t under investigation for betting on AFL matches but it appeared he had let others use his betting account.
"It is crucial for the integrity of the competition that participants in the AFL give honest evidence in the course of investigations under the AFL rules,” AFL general counsel Andrew Dillon said in a statement on Thursday.
“Jake has acknowledged his mistake in this case, is genuinely remorseful and will assist us to deliver this message in the future to players coming into the AFL competition.”
Melksham pleaded guilty to the charges.
The Demons also released a statement:
“Although Jake has been cleared of any wrongdoing relating to the betting activity from June last year, his mistake was not presenting all the information to the AFL investigators at the time of initial contact,” Melbourne football manager Josh Mahoney said.
“All players and staff, when asked to be involved in an AFL investigation, must take them seriously and provide all the information when required.
“Jake is genuinely remorseful about his mistake and as a club we will continue to support and educate all our players on the importance of these matters.”