Eagles’ coach furious at players’ nightclub visit amid COVID crisis

West Coast coach Adam Simpson has condemned the actions of Eagles’ players who attended a Leederville nightclub in Perth last Saturday night as the club travelled to Brisbane to play the Lions with just 22 listed players available for selection after a number of COVID-19 cases struck the club.

Simpson, who was unable to travel with the squad as he is isolating at home with COVID-19, did not mince words in a statement released by the club after photos appeared showing two players allegedly at the nightclub on the weekend after Richmond thrashed the Eagles by 109 points.

The Eagles did not name the players in the statement but made their view of their actions clear.

“I am furious and disappointed with the actions of these players,” Simpson said.

“The club has gone to great lengths in educating the players around the need to adhere to club guidelines, and it is beyond disappointing that they have put themselves in this situation.

“It is particularly disheartening given the strain on player availability at this stage of the season.”

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West Coast have eight players in health and safety protocols and needed to call on four top up players to travel with the squad for the match against the Brisbane Lions at the Gabba.

Matthew Knights will coach the team in Simpson’s absence with the team struggling in 2022 having won just one game and with a percentage of 55.3 percent.

The Eagles said they were devastated that the players chose to go out publicly and would meet with them as soon as possible.


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