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Media statement – Phillip Hughes

The AFL Players’ Association is deeply saddened at the passing of cricketer, Phillip Hughes.

On behalf of all AFL players, President Luke Ball said, “We extend our deepest and utmost sympathy to the family and friends of Phillip Hughes. Today’s news is utterly shocking and so very sad. For someone to be taken so young and with so much life ahead of him, pursuing his dream, is devastating and hard to comprehend.

“As fellow sportsmen, our thoughts are with his teammates, close friends and everyone in the cricket community during this difficult time,” Luke said.

Having had a personal connection to Phillip through his 13 years at the Australian Cricketers’ Association, Players’ Association CEO Paul Marsh today offered his condolences to the Hughes family and cricket fraternity.

“Like everyone who had the honour of knowing Phillip Hughes, I am absolutely shattered today. Phillip was a champion in every sense of the word and I want to express mine, and those of all AFL players, heartfelt sympathies to his family, friends and teammates.

“It is a tragedy that a life has been cut short at such a young age, and we are all struggling to come to terms with this devastating news,” Paul said.