Each year, on an impartial basis, 18 coaches are invited to Gillons house for a dinner and chat. Great, all very impartial, representative and fair.
Further, the AFL set up a representative committee, comprising all stakeholders, and the first meeting they basically decided nothing except not to change the rules. Great, some form of consultation, involving a group of loose representation across the industry.
Fast forward to Monday. Clarko arranges an early morning meeting with Gillon, for breakfast, one on one, He must have said really nice things about Gillons hair, because the result was immediate. Within 24 hours the umpires had been instructed to change the way they interpret the rules and how they officiate at games. A memo was sent to all the clubs informing them of the changes within 24 hours.
Leaving aside the merits of the changes, this actually brings the game into disrepute, it shows that individuals can influence the AFL at the highest level. Whats more its a blatant breach of probity. Why am I not surprised that Gillon would consent to meeting a single person rather than refer him to the channels that all others are supposed to follow. Because while giving lip service to morals, ethics, and the correct processes, the AFL actually works in just the way we have seen here and Gillon sees nothing wrong with it.
IOW the AFL is corrupt and the fish rots at the head.