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Lucky, unlucky: The upshot of the Stephenson verdict

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Banned: Jaidyn Stephenson.Credit:AAP

If you examined only the nature of the bets – placed on teammates and himself in three separate Collingwood games – the 10-week ban meted out to Jaidyn Stephenson will look lenient.

Some of the AFL commission thought so. In the discussions with Collingwood, the AFL executive raised the prospect of sending Stephenson down the river, including a suggested ban that would have stretched into 2020, while they mentioned "two years" as a possibility in what parties say was a throwaway line.

If you focused only on the size of the bets – an aggregate of $36 – (and disregarded their nature) the 10 weeks will appear harsh.

So, the eventual outcome was a classic AFL........

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