West Coast coach fumes over Eagles’ nightclub visit

West Coast coach Adam Simpson says he is “furious and disappointed” that some Eagles players visited a local nightclub in the midst of WA’s COVID-19 spike.

Key points:

  • The Eagles were made aware the players visited a Leederville night spot last weekend
  • The club has launched an investigation
  • Simpson and eight Eagles players are sidelined with COVID-19

The Eagles released a statement saying they were aware some players went to a Leederville nightclub last Saturday.

“I am furious and disappointed with the actions of these players,” Simpson said in the club statement.

The Eagles have launched an investigation.

“Given the current environment and the peak in COVID-19 cases in Perth, the club is devastated that some players opted to go out publicly as they have done,” a club spokesperson said in the statement.

“The club has gone to great lengths in educating the players around the need to adhere to club guidelines and it is beyond disappointing that they have put themselves in this situation.

“It is particularly disheartening given the strain on player availability at this stage of the season.

“At the earliest opportunity the club will meet with the players concerned.”

Simpson and eight players are unavailable for Saturday’s match against the Brisbane Lions at the Gabba because of COVID-19.

It is the second time this season the Eagles have had to call on supplementary list players because COVID-19 has left them short of numbers.

The AFL has given the Eagles until Friday to finalise their team.




Author: Ivan Robinson