West Coast Eagles' Will Schofield hits out at AFL's 'civil liberties' COVID-19 hub breach


AFL veteran Will Schofield has hit out on the AFL over a breach of ‘civil liberties’ after gamers had been banned from getting into one another’s lodge rooms whereas in hubs.

The West Coast defender mentioned the AFL directive might influence the psychological well being of gamers who’ve already sacrificed a lot to maneuver to hubs and maintain the sport going.

“Stopping them from going to rooms is only a psychological hindrance. That’s borderline civil liberties kind stuff,” Schofield advised his membership’s Coast to Coast podcast.

“You’re not allowed to depart your room. Not allowed to go to another person’s room. It’s setting individuals as much as fail actually.

“As quickly as I learn that, I felt like that’s an excessive amount of. Sure, we wish to be as secure as doable. Sure, we wish to adhere to authorities pointers.

“And I’d assume selections must be being constructed from a medical perspective. I don’t see how that’s a medical choice.

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Will Schofield is not a fan of the brand new AFL directive to ban gamers getting into every others’ rooms. Credit score: AAP

“We nonetheless do prepare collectively. Guys in hubs are consuming collectively each meal. They’re in elevators. They get on a bus collectively.”

Fortunately for the 31-year-old he isn’t but impacted by the ban, with the Eagles nonetheless based mostly in Perth and but to re-enter an AFL hub since they restarted their season in Queensland.

All 10 Victorian groups might be impacted nevertheless, with the directive coming as 400 more family members travelled to Queensland on Thursday to affix gamers within the Sunshine State.

Even regardless of the crackdown, Schofield’s teammate Oscar Allen says AFL gamers will simply discover one other strategy to congregate collectively.

“I believe what you’ll discover is as a substitute of two to 3 guys going to somebody’s room to hang around and simply play playing cards or chat store, you’ll simply have 44 blokes within the widespread video games room collectively,” Allen mentioned.

“So in case your purpose by doing this was to cease individuals hanging out, nicely it’s going to do the other impact and everybody might be hanging out as an entire.”


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