Three Fremantle Football Club AFL players are the latest high-profile sporting figures to run afoul of an investigation into alleged social distancing transgressions, after footage of them at what appears to be a house party surfaced on social media.
Senior player Luke Ryan, along with younger teammates Michael Frederick and Jason Carter, were seen in videos posted to Instagram stories at a house party in Perth that appeared to have as many as seven people in attendance.
Western Australia did raise the limit on indoor gatherings to 10 people on Monday, however the video in question was reportedly filmed on Sunday night when gatherings were still restricted to two people.
AFL personnel is said to be aware of the incident, and an investigation into it is underway. A Fremantle Football Club representative issued a short statement to media, asserting “We have been made aware of a video of a small gathering of people at a home on Sunday night, including three Fremantle players,” and that “We are in the process of speaking to the players involved and gathering all the relevant details and information.”
“Once that is completed, the club will be in a position to comment further,” the club stated.
This latest incident comes hot on the heels of similar incidents involving NRL players Latrell Mitchell, Josh Aldo-Carr, Tyronne Roberts-Davis, and Nathan Cleary, all of whom flouted social distancing regulations in social media posts. Those four players were fined a combined $120,000 by NRL officials.
It is unclear at this stage whether WA Police is pursuing an official investigation regarding this particular incident.