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Old 12-17-2001, 06:09   #1 (permalink)
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Freo has 'no grounds' for injunction

THE AFL was adamant last night that Fremantle had no grounds for an injunction to stop tomorrow's pre-season draft.

Football operations manager Andrew Demetriou also said it was too late for Dockers players to consider pay cuts to try to fit Fabian Francis under the club's salary cap.

Former Port Adelaide utility Francis, 28, appears certain to remain in football limbo after the AFL ruled Fremantle was ineligible to participate in tomorrow's draft because of salary-cap restraints.

The Dockers gave Francis an undertaking they would take him with their first pick before the AFL intervened on Friday.

Demetriou said last night he did not believe Fremantle had any grounds for an 11th-hour injunction.

''I've read the press reports, but I'm not quite sure what they are going to injunct us for,'' Demetriou said.

''An injunction is there to stop something, but I'm not quite sure on what grounds. Your guess is as good as mine.''

When asked if Fremantle could stop the draft proceeding, Demetriou replied:''No, absolutely not.''

On the question of Dockers players taking pay cuts, Demetriou said Fremantle had run out of time.

''It's too late for that,'' he said. ''Our rules say you can't make any variation to contracts unless it's more than seven days before the draft.

''And the reason we do that is so clubs don't put in estimates and all of a sudden start fudging them and changing them.''

Demetriou said the AFL had not sought legal opinion on the issue.

''We don't respond to hearsay. We've got nothing to seek legal opinion on,'' he said.

Francis's management, Flying Start, threatened on Friday to take legal action against Fremantle if it reneged on its agreement.

Manager Ricky Nixon said last night he had assured Fremantle that Francis was committed to the club.

''There's not much we can do at the moment,'' Nixon said.

''They wanted an assurance from Fabian that if they were able to have a pick in the draft, either through legal action or a change of mind from the AFL, would he still come.

''And we've assured them he just wants to play footy.''WAYNE Carey had not signed an extension to his million-dollar contract because he wanted to concentrate on redeeming himself for a poor 2001 season, his manager Ricky Nixon said last night."
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Old 12-17-2001, 06:14   #2 (permalink)
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I'm not a freo supporter, and I know they have breached salary cap Rules but all the players met and unanimously agreed to take a pay **** whcih would equal to 130k which would enable fremantle to participate in the pre-season draft but now AFL won't let them do that. I feel for Fabian Francis as he's a good footy player with a few good years left in him.
He is set to sue both fremantle Football Club and the AFL for a 1million dollar law suit. I feel, the AFL espically has dealt with this situation both poorly and unprofessionally. For the good of both a last finishing Football club whos players are willing to take a pay cut, and a player who has allready moved across australia and purchased a house, let the poor man play out his playing career.
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Old 12-17-2001, 06:42   #3 (permalink)
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From the Sunday herald Sun

AFL should give Dockers a free kick

Sunday, December 16, 2001

IN a move which will give thousands of their supporters heart, the Fremantle Dockers last night declared war on the AFL over the Fabian Francis affair.

And so they should.

The club's board met in an atmosphere of crisis yesterday after the AFL ruled on Friday that the club could not select Francis in Tuesday's pre-season draft because it had exceeded the salary cap.

The news was hard to believe. It came at a time when the club was promising much for season 2002. Fremantle had recruited well. There was fresh blood in the form of a new chief executive and coach.

So this spirit of optimism made the AFL's ruling even more devastating for supporters and for Francis, who may now have to end his AFL career unless the mess is sorted out.

Footy fans shook their heads and mused over two possible reasons for the fiasco -- either Fremantle had made a monumental mistake, and someone had to take responsibility for it, or the AFL's figure work was incorrect.

And after an exhaustive examination of their financial books, Fremantle last night declared they were right and the AFL was wrong.

Supporters and sponsors, the lifeline of any AFL club, will breathe a sigh of relief at this latest news. The Dockers now have the job of proving the claim and convincing the AFL to reverse its decision.

In draconian comments more akin to a socialist country than Australia, AFL football operations manager Andrew Demetriou insisted yesterday that Fremantle would not take part in the draft, no matter what it did.

''There is no ground for appeal,'' he said. ''Fremantle will be wasting their time.''

Hang on a minute, Mr Demetriou. This is a democratic country.

At the very least Fremantle should have the right to have its claims heard by the AFL and be given a fair hearing.

Instead, the sorry affair is now almost certain to finish up in the courts.

The AFL decision will reinforce the WA view that the Dockers have had a rough deal since entering the competition in 1995.

The club was never given the scale of concessions which helped the Eagles and Brisbane when they joined the competition.

Now, after finishing on the bottom of the list last season, it's time the AFL gave the Dockers a significant break. This could come in the form of an extension of time so that Fremantle can trim the salaries of other players to bring the club under the cap.

Once they have done that, the club should be allowed to go ahead and draft Francis.
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a pay **** eh!!!!!! LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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a pay **** eh!!!!!! LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ohh shit! hahahaha. I CBF editing. it's funny. ill leave it there.:s6:
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