MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 24: Ben Cousins of the Eagls lines up for the national anthem prior to the 2005 AFL Grand Final between the Sydney Swans and the West Coast Eagles at the Melbourne Cricket Ground September 24, 2005 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Dadswell/Getty Images)

Following on from Collingwood’s Jaidyn Stephenson receiving a 10-match ban for betting on Pies matches, we’ve delved back into the books and looked at 10 of the most famous suspensions in the league’s history.

The majority of this list includes penalties from on-field incidents, but we’ve included events off the field too, such as Stephenson’s.

Here are 10 of the AFL’s most famous suspensions:


10. Doug Fraser and Alex Lang – 1910 – 99 matches

This one dates all the way back to the early 1900s in the VFL days and it would be remiss not to include it on the list.

The Blues duo were involved in a match fixing scandal after getting dropped from the side for their second semi final against South Melbourne. It was alleged that they accepted a bribe to “play dead” in the contest.

Both Carlton and the VFL launched an investigation into the matter, and while Lang admitted to receiving the offer, he said he did not accept it. They were still found guilty and banned for 99 games, a total of five years.

Carlton’s Alex Lang, Round 12, 1910 (Image: