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Victorian Sports Minister Responds To AFL Collingwood Boss McGuire's Funding Complaint
Published July 24, 2014
VALUES QUESTIONED: In Melbourne, Caroline Wilson reported AFL side Gold Coast Chair John Witheriff has "questioned the AFL's values and accused it of a lack of courtesy in the decision to review the bidding system for development academy players and father-son selections." Witheriff, accusing the AFL of "going back on its word, has joined the growing chorus of northern club chiefs disenchanted" that the head office could redesign the "bidding rules for academy players just months before the national draft," following "heavy pressure" from McGuire. Witheriff revealed he "held talks this week with AFL chiefs, urging them to keep their promise on academies." Witheriff: "The commission needs to understand the implications of what it’s doing" (THE AGE, 7/23).