The AFL has issued an unprecedented apology to Sydney superstar Lance Franklin after its legal counsel at the Tribunal labelled him ‘cowardly’.
Franklin was at the AFL Tribunal contesting a one-week suspension given to him by the Match Review Panel for striking Richmond captain Trent Cotchin during last Friday night’s match at the SCG.
During the case on Wednesday night – which resulted in the one-match ban being upheld – Franklin’s strike on Cotchin was described as a ‘cowardly’ act by the AFL’s legal counsel, leading the governing body to release a statement on Thursday saying sorry to the Swans superstar.
“There are no cowardly players in the AFL, let alone Lance Franklin,” the AFL’s statement read.
“Lance Franklin is a champion of our game.
“In the making of submissions, legal counsell assisting the Tribunal used his own words to describe the circumstances of the strike on…