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AFL football player Jaidyn Stephenson has been suspended by the league for 10 games after it was found that he'd bet on three games that included his team.
The suspension is the longest ever doled out by the AFL, and is actually for 22 games, with 12 suspended over the length of Stephenson's career. The wagers included Collingwood to win, Collingwood's winning margin, Stephenson to kick a goal, Stephenson to kick multiple goals, Collingwood teammates to kick a goal, Collingwood teammates to kick multiple goals and Collingwood teammates to have in excess of a certain number of disposals (kicks or passes). In total he wagered A$36 and all of the wagers he placed lost, but Stephenson is the biggest loser, as he has also been fined A$20,000.
In a statement regarding the suspension Stephenson wrote: It was an incredibly naive thing to do. I'm embarrassed that I've let myself, my family, my teammates and our loyal fans down and I'm devastated that I won't be able to pull on a Collingwood jumper for the next 10 weeks.
"I want to issue an unreserved apology to those who I have let down and hope that in time I can earn back any trust that I have lost.
"I can't change the past, but what's most important is what I do next."