Posted December 05, 2019 07:04:37 A change to the betting rules at the Australian Football League will require all players to be betting on their club teams.
The Australian Rugby League, which has been embroiled in a bitter dispute with the NRL over a controversial salary cap, is considering changing its own rules in the wake of the latest ruling.
The AFL and NRL have had differing views about how to handle players gambling on their clubs.
Both leagues are currently facing a court action by the AFL’s lawyers to have their current collective bargaining agreement struck down.
The NRL has been under court supervision since it launched a public relations campaign after the Federal Court ruled that the union had breached its duty of good faith and impartiality by accepting payment from the NRL.
The ruling on the case has drawn the attention of the AFL, which is keen to strike a deal with the union, which had not responded to a request for comment.
“There are a number of things that the AFL can do,” the NRL said in a statement.
It is very important to recognise this is an issue of good-faith and it is not a criminal offence,” he said.””
The NRL will continue to work with the AFL to find a solution to this matter and will make an announcement in due course.”AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou said it was “important to recognise that there is a distinction between making a bet on a club and gambling on the club”.
“It is very important to recognise this is an issue of good-faith and it is not a criminal offence,” he said.
“It’s very important the NRL does its best to work through the issues.”
The AFL, based in Melbourne, has been negotiating with the clubs to agree on a wage cap, which could be as high as $70 million.
The players’ union has argued that the salary cap is necessary to protect their financial health and protect their players’ future employment.
The latest ruling, issued by Federal Court judge Michael Goss QC, says the union’s “duty of good conduct” means the union must not accept payment from a club.
“The AFL is required to make an offer to the NRL that does not violate the union member’s duty of fair dealing,” it says.
The case is at the Federal Circuit Court.
Topics:ball-league,nrl,australiaFirst posted December 06, 2019 15:59:21