Players face tough sanctions under proposed new illicit drugs policy

Fairfax media has reported that players face a four match ban and a $5000 fine if they receive a second strike under a new proposed AFL illicit drugs policy.

The Age understands that the new policy could be formalised as soon as next week.

The proposed new model would involve the following sanctions:

First strike: A player would receive a $5000 suspended fine and drug education, counseling and treatment, and increased urine and hair testing.

Second strike: A player would receive a $5000 fine and be suspended for four matches and the club chief executive and player welfare manager will be informed.

Third strike: A player would be fined $10,000 and suspended for 12 matches.

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