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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

Comments

  • DeckhamDeckham Going down swinging
    Oh look!
    Another link to EFC.
    farkwits
  • Well one of our employees did something bad but look Essendon has been fined over 2 and a half million dollars .
  • David J RichardsonDavid J Richardson Relevant Avatar King
    You forgot to put "link" in air quotes.
  • RebootReboot If you don't pay your exorcist you can get repossessed.
    edited December 2016
    Deckham said:

    Oh look!
    Another link to EFC.
    farkwits


    Surely if you were going to link with anything from that article it would be Lachie Hunter and his 'no, someone else was betting with my account' thing.
  • Houli DooliHouli Dooli Half Forward Flanker
    Reboot said:

    Deckham said:

    Oh look!
    Another link to EFC.
    farkwits


    Surely if you were going to link with anything from that article it would be Lachie Hunter and his 'no, someone else was betting with my account' thing.
    They could have mentioned the Dean Wallis Betting link, and also ho he farked up the supplments/injection regime spreadsheet. Then how AFL Destroyed the spreadsheet, and promoted propaganda that it never existed in the first place.
  • True_Value_BlitzerTrue_Value_Blitzer Irrelevant. Always
    1. afl are dogs
    2. worksafe are dogs
  • edited December 2016

    “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.”




    Yeah sure he didn't have access to 'privileged information '.

    AFL top brass not wanting their dodgy match fixing to be exposed perhaps?....allegedly.

  • mdsomdso Remembering Nicky'd
    Deckham said:

    Oh look! Another link to EFC. farkwits.

    It was neat the way they just slipped that bit in about the EFC. Never let a chance go by. Nothing whatsoever to do with the actual story. Starting early for 2017.

  • mdsomdso Remembering Nicky'd

    1. afl are dogs
    2. worksafe are dogs

    Please do not insult man's best friend. As for the other two, everyone gets what's coming to them sooner or later.
  • Why is the ALF concentrating on trivial issues like employees betting on games and ignoring the major questions when they have an expert in Gill. Sunbed or spray-on?
  • BLOODSTAINED DEVILSBLOODSTAINED DEVILS Senior Player / Devils Advocate. - "Only The Truth Will Set Us Truly Free"
    Melanotan.
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