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Australian Football League Widens Gambling Policy

4 March 2003

AUSTRALIA – As reported by the (Australia) Courier Mail: "Volunteers, doormen and medical staff may be banned from discussing injuries and other relevant playing information under a revised anti-gambling policy soon to be released by the AFL.

"…[AFL chief executive Wayne Jackson] suggested anyone who is privy to knowledge regarding injuries and other relevant facts that may influence betting markets may be prevented from discussing it with anyone outside the club.

"All players and club officials are banned from betting on matches although the interpretation of the AFL's gambling code of conduct is expected to be widened.

"…The AFL receives a small percentage of turnover for the Victorian-run Tipstar, which caters for punters trying to pick eight winners a round, but nothing from the major betting agencies like the TAB or bookmakers where the vast majority of money on each match and exotic bets, like the Brownlow medal, is invested…"

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