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Media statement: Paul Marsh

The AFL has asked that the full details of the tribunal decision be made public.

Under the code, the release of a finding that a player has not committed a violation of the code requires the express approval of that player.

Tuesday’s tribunal decision – which relates to 34 players – therefore requires the express approval of each of them.

While the players’ legal team will certainly discuss with players the public release of the decision, we will need some time to have these discussions.

These players, who have endured over two years of uncertainty, have only just received the decision. Many of them are preparing for their season opener in just three days’ time, whether in the AFL or in other leagues. Our immediate focus is on giving them the time and space to do so.

Once the players have made their decision, the AFL will be advised.