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SBD Global/March 6, 2014/Leagues and Governing Bodies
Richmond's Brandon Gale Mentioned As Possible Replacement For Demetriou At AFL
Published March 6, 2014
GENDER EQUALITY: In Sydney, Courtney Walsh reported as Demetriou launched the new season Wednesday night, he "declared the AFL was 'miles away' from where it should be in regards to gender equality." While two of the nine AFL commissioners are female -- Linda Dessau and Sam Mostyn -- and Peggy O’Neal is Richmond’s president, Demetriou believes that the league "is yet to do enough when it comes to the involvement of women in football." Demetriou: “In this International Women’s Week, in which the world recognizes the role of women in our society, we must remain open to the inclusion of women in all areas of our game. We are getting better but we’re miles away from where we must be, with more women in senior roles in the AFL and in clubs" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 3/6).
MORE DOPING: Also in Sydney, Andrew Faulkner reported the AFL captains "have hit back hard in the Essendon doping debate, saying naming players who might have taken peptides showed a lack of respect and decency." Condemning the act of publishing the “vulnerable” players’ names as unacceptable, Fremantle captain Matthew Pavlich "dressed down a large media group assembled to interview the 18 club captains at Adelaide Oval" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 3/6).