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A Shaw thing: Stephenson set for a lengthy suspension

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Not for the first time, a Collingwood premiership campaign has been undermined by a poor decision by a young, highly talented footballer, who failed to heed what by now ought to be a clear message on gambling on AFL games.

Jaidyn Stephenson will pay a hefty price for betting on matters that involved Collingwood. If he had bet on other teams – or on players that weren’t in a Collingwood game - he would escape with a far more lenient penalty, as numerous past player betting incidents have shown.

Why anyone who plays the game at this level would bet on AFL - in any, way, shape or form - is hard to fathom. But it happens, and – despite all the education and warnings of severe consequences – Stephenson has done so and we can count on another player making a similar blunder at some point.


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