AFL board operator axed after being caught betting on matches
A WORKSAFE investigator moonlighting as an AFL official has had his contract torn up after being caught betting on matches in breach of strict league integrity rules.
The AFL busted scoreboard operator Chris Hogg placing a number of bets on matches totalling $170 and sacked him after an internal probe.
The league, Mr Hogg and WorkSafe Victoria refused to say which matches he had bet on, how much he stood to win and the period of time he was punting on AFL games.
But AFL spokesman Patrick Keane said anyone working in a league or club role was bound by a strict betting ban.
“His period of employment had finished and he was not then offered a new contract, after a number of bets totalling less than $170 were found to have been placed,” he said.
“His role as a scoreboard operator did not allow him access to any privileged information, however, all persons working in an AFL or club role at AFL matches are bound by AFL guidelines regarding prohibition of betting, regardless of whether they have access to privileged information.”
A WorkSafe insider said Mr Hogg’s AFL role had raised eyebrows given the authority had investigated Essendon over the supplements scandal.
The Bombers were fined $200,000 on two charges of failing to provide a working environment that was safe and without risks to health.
Mr Hogg declined to comment and WorkSafe refused to reveal the nature of the bets or if he had been disciplined.
“This investigator has never been involved in WorkSafe’s investigations into the AFL or any AFL club,” WorkSafe spokesman Peter Flaherty said.
Collingwood’s Jack Crisp was fined $5000 and had to have counselling after punting $129 on AFL markets while at the Brisbane Lions in 2014.
Former Magpie Heath Shaw was suspended for eight matches and fined $20,000 after betting on Nick Maxwell to kick the first goal in a match against Adelaide in 2011, and a goal umpire was suspended for most of 2010 after laying bets on the 2009 Grand Final, despite not umpiring the match.
“The action taken in this instance involved (Mr Hogg’s) contract not being renewed, whereas a person who had access to privileged information would have faced much more serious consequences,” Mr Keane said.
Cracking down on those corrupt scoreboard operators