BILLIONAIRE Lindsay Fox says the AFL can’t afford to have another saga like Essendon’s engulf the code.
Fox, who entertained guests at the annual Brocklesby-Burrumbuttock Football Club luncheon yesterday, said Tuesday night’s announcement, which saw the Bombers fined $2 million, stripped of draft picks and kicked out of this year’s finals series, sent a clear message to the rest of the competition.
“They had to set an example to make sure whatever happened at Essendon doesn’t happen again,” Fox said.
“I’ve spoken to medicos and medicos aren’t completely convinced about it but the aspect of people taking enhancement products, not necessarily drugs, is probably outside of the rules of sport.
“But I think this certainly puts a clear message to clubs in the future.
“The people that have certainly suffered are the Essendon football club, the Essendon players, the management and the coach.”
Fox said the Bombers deserved a level of sympathy.
“I think we’re all guilty of making mistakes,” Fox said.
“That’s why they put rubbers on pencils.”
Fox, who was asked to speak at the luncheon by retiring St Kilda star Justin Koschitzke, lauded the Brocklesby-raised forward’s contribution to the Saints.
Koschitzke is poised to play his 200th and final AFL game on Saturday.
“Justin been a loyal servant of the St Kilda football club and set a magnificent example,” Fox said.
“He is the epitome of a committed individual to a football club.”