Former club president calls on the AFL to cut its ties with alcohol

Former President of the St Kilda Football Club (2000-2007), Rod Butterss says that for too long booze, drugs and gambling have been a part of Australian Football League (AFL) culture. He says it is now time for league to cut its ties with alcohol.

“In almost every case it started out with alcoholism, with binge drinking with over doing it on the grog…most of these guys got exposed to this culture in their professional careers at football clubs,” said Mr Butterss.

Mr Butterss has lent his support to a campaign to remove alcohol sponsorship from professional sport, saying that the League is showing kids – who love their sport, they idolise their sporting heroes – that drinking and binge drinking is acceptable and healthy.

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