8 Feb 2013

Betting suspended on AFL opener, call to ban promoting betting

6:52 pm on 8 February 2013

A number of Australian bookmakers have suspended betting on the opening match of the AFL season between Adelaide and Essendon.

The Bombers are currently under investigation by the AFL and the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Agency after earlier this week admitting to concerns over the use of supplements at the club.

That was followed by the release of the Australian Crime Commission report into drugs in sport in Australia on Thursday which described widespread doping and links to organised crime.

Former AFL club president and Victorian premier Jeff Kennett has called for an immediate ban on the promotion of sports betting and a zero-tolerance policy on drugs in the AFL.

Kennett says he's not aware of a great deal of match-fixing in AFL, but is worried by the clear influence of money and betting on sport.