AFL to review stance on major medal betting

The Australian Football League (AFL), the top division of Aussie rules in the country, is to launch a review into the betting protocols surrounding the awarding of its major medals.

According to the Herald Sun newspaper, the move comes after police in the country opened an investigation into bets placed on Lewis Taylor’s winning of the ‘Rising Star’ award.

Former North Melbourne dual premiership player David King has confirmed that he placed two bets on Taylor winning the award, which in turn led to him winning AUS$2,975 (€2,046/$2,320).

King is being investigated over the bets while police in the state of Victoria are also interviewing a former television producer who helped broadcast the Rising Star event.

Despite the investigations, King has denied using inside information to place his winning bets.

Mark Evans, football operations manager at the AFL, has confirmed that the league will reconsider its stance over betting on such awards and that any new security measures would be enforced this year if necessary.

“Fair to say we will review, or we are reviewing our procedures around the Rising Star and other awards,” Evans said.

“We will make sure we have got those (new measures) in place before this year’s awards take place.”

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