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AFL apologises after Sydney star Lance Franklin labelled ‘cowardly’

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…


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