South Australian Police probe 'club paid young footballers with marijuana to play sport' claims

   Apr 30, 3:50 pm

Melbourne, Apr 30(ANI): South Australian Police are investigating allegations that talented young footballers have been given marijuana in exchange for playing the game.

Port Lincoln Football League chief executive Robyn Rowsell said she was aware of the allegations and had passed them on to police.

"An accusation has been put forward. I have no proof but I have passed them on to police," The Age quoted Rowsell, as saying.

Her statement came after at least two teenage players told junior delegates at the Port Lincoln Football League that they were paid "a stick [of marijuana] per game" last season by Boston Football Club representatives.

Port Lincoln police spokesperson Michael Taylor said the police were aware of the allegations but would not comment further.

The matter reportedly was to be tabled at the junior delegates meeting at Port Lincoln by local pastor and junior coach Lutz Mueller, vice-chairman of the junior delegates, who wanted those involved stood down pending a league investigation.

Mueller said he had also reported the matter to Port Lincoln police.

"It's common knowledge in the community but no one's been prepared to do anything about it. I've been told of text messages where a club has suggested to players they would [increase the amount] for certain players. We're talking about potentially brilliant young indigenous players who are at risk here," he said.

Mueller said he was unhappy his previous attempts to expose the player drug payments had fallen on deaf ears.

Boston Football Club president Doug McFarlane was unavailable for comment on the issue. (ANI)

Ervine's ton steers Zimbabwe to emphatic seven-wicket win over Kiwis Aug 2, 9:22 pm
Harare, Aug 02 (ANI): Zimbabwe batsman Craig Ervine's career-best knock of 130 anchored the hosts to register a seven-wicket emphatic win over New Zealand in the opening ODI of the three-match series on Sunday at Harare.
Full Story
Broad backs Mark Wood to replace injured Anderson in fourth Ashes Test Aug 2, 8:36 pm
London, Aug 02 (ANI): England fast bowler Stuart Broad has backed seamer Mark Wood to replace the injured paceman James Anderson in the fourth Ashes Test against Australia at Trent Bridge.
Full Story
Nadal clinches 47th clay-court title at Hamburg Open Aug 2, 7:53 pm
Hamburg (Germany), Aug 02 (ANI): Rafael Nadal gave his confidence a welcome boost on Sunday after battling past a spirited challenge from Fabio Fognini in straight sets to lift the Hamburg Open title.
Full Story
Joshna Chinappa subdues Hansen to win Victorian Open squash Aug 2, 7:27 pm
Melbourne, Aug 02 (ANI): India's star squash player Joshna Chinappa cruised past her Danish opponent Line Hansen in straight sets to clinch the USD 15,000 Victorian Open competition on Sunday.
Full Story
Comments

LATEST STORIES
TOP VIDEO STORIES
PHOTO GALLERY