MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 11: Steven Motlop (left) and Daniel Menzel of the Cats celebrate during the 2016 AFL Round 12 match between the Geelong Cats and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at Etihad Stadium on June 11, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

AFL Players Association statement on Etihad Stadium synthetic turf

The AFL Players Association have released the following statement on the Etihad Stadium synthetic turf following the ankle injury to Geelong’s Daniel Menzel when falling on the surface on Saturday night:

The AFL Players’ Association has contacted players at all clubs following Saturday night’s incident at Etihad Stadium, and asked for their views on the synthetic turf. The issue was also tabled at the AFLPA board meeting last night.

Players have expressed concerns regarding the proximity of the synthetic turf to the playing surface, which makes it more difficult to slow down and/or change direction, potentially contributing to injuries such as that suffered by Daniel Menzel.

The players also feel that the synthetic turf is harder and more abrasive than natural turf, leading to more painful injuries when landing or sliding.

We have raised these concerns with the AFL and requested that this matter be reviewed in a timely manner, with a view to finding a better solution.

We will continue to work closely with the AFL and players to ensure that the playing surface is as safe as possible.