Is the coronavirus pandemic causing the shutdown of the league the biggest AFL controversy of the century?

Over the past 20 years there have been many scandals that sent shockwaves through the league and turned it upside down.

We’ve taken a look back at the 10 biggest AFL controversies since 2000.

Honourable mentions

Brisbane Lions using IV drips (2001)
Barry Hall’s punch on Brent Staker (2008)
Ricky Nixon’s ‘St Kilda schoolgirl’ incident (2011)
Kirk Tippett salary cap breach (2012)
Josh Thomas and Lachlan Keefe’s drug ban (2015)
Adelaide Crows Collective Minds pre-season camp (2018)
Jaidyn Stephenson’s betting scandal (2019)

But let’s continue on with the real stuff…


10. Alan Didak and Heath Shaw drink drive… then lie

There’s no shortage of controversies down at Magpie land. In August 2008, Collingwood Magpies pair Alan Didak and Heath Shaw were involved in a drink-driving scandal when Shaw blew three times the legal alcohol limit after crashing his car into a tree in suburban Melbourne.

Shaw then lied about Didak being in the passenger seat, as the star forward was on an alcohol ban placed by Collingwood. Both players were subsequently fined and were suspended for the remainder of the 2008 season.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JULY 15: Heath Shaw and Nick Maxwell speak to the media during a Collingwood Magpies AFL press conference at Westpac Centre on July 15, 2011 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images)