West Coast Eagles Hip-E Club: Hugh Dixon and Patrick Naish among players fined as AFLPA slams penalties

The AFL Players Association have condemned West Coast for slugging seven players with $5000 fines after they partied at a Perth nightclub.

Pre-season recruits Hugh Dixon and Patrick Naish were identified as the final two Hip-E Club attendees in the aftermath of the round seven loss to Richmond, breaking a team directive.

Jake Waterman, Josh Rotham, Jackson Nelson, Campbell Chesser, Rhett Bazzo, Dixon and Naish all dodged club-sanctioned suspensions over the incident because of the Eagles’ decimated playing stocks.

Half of the $5000 fines for each player will be suspended.

AFLPA General Manager of Player & Stakeholder Relations Brett Murphy criticized the club’s decision to fine the group.

“While we empathize with the challenges currently facing the WA-based teams, we do not support rules prohibiting players from entering venues, nor the sanctions imposed,” Murphy said.

“Over the past three seasons, AFL players have gone above and beyond to enable the competition to continue despite the challenges caused by the pandemic.

“Among other things, players have been required to relocate, at short notice and on several occasions, and have lived by restrictions which have gone beyond those imposed on other members of society. However, with the community now seeking to live with COVID-19, the industry has made the decision to move away from these rules and to allow players to live balanced lives.

“We have been in discussions with the club and players in recent days and will continue these.”

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