MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 29: Craig Lambert the assistant coach of the Giants walks out onto the field during the round two AFL match between the St Kilda Saints and the Greater Western Sydney Giants at Etihad Stadium on March 29, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Lions slam AFL over Lambert ban

Brisbane is not happy that the AFL did not warn them of the potential ban Craig Lambert could face when they recruited him.

Lambert accepted a 12-month ban last week after helping Lachie Whitfield avoid drug testers in 2015.

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Lambert, along with former GWS official Graeme Allan accepted 12 month bans, while Whitfield accepted a six month suspension.

He is now unable to partake in any role in the game until 2018.

Collingwood was made aware of Allan’s potential ban when they hired him this season, however, the Lions were not when they hired Lambert.

“It’s a complicated situation, Craig and Melissa have been with us for a year and have done a good job,’’ Brisbane chairman Bob Sharpless said.

“My major disappointment is that we are in this situation. GWS had a level of knowledge, the AFL had a level of knowledge but we didn’t.

“GWS had a level of knowledge, the AFL had a level of knowledge but we didn’t.

“At the end of the day from the checks we did there was nothing that would have caused us any worries.’’

The Lions are currently searching for a new player welfare manager to fill Lambert’s role.

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