Industry Players


Statement attributed to AFLPA CEO, Paul Marsh:

We are disappointed at the homophobic language used by Wil Powell towards a Brisbane player on Sunday.

Wil’s words are hurtful, offensive and don’t belong on or off the football field, and we acknowledge the impact these situations cause the LGBTIQA+ community.

I have personally spoken to Wil and he is extremely remorseful. He will use this as an opportunity to educate himself and, as he said today, ensure this doesn’t happen again.

I have also spoken to Brisbane players who have accepted Wil’s apology.

Given the AFL’s recent public position, we are not surprised by the size of this sanction, but we continue to believe the industry needs a formalised and consistent sanctioning framework. We have begun constructive discussions with the AFL about this.