Five Victorian Football League (VFL) players and a match official have been punished for breaching betting regulations in Australia last year.
All of the Australian rules football players and the official have received bans of up to three games for gambling on VFL and Australian Football League (AFL) matches.
Four of the players had used a third-party company to run an online wagering account in their name.
None of the five players punished had previously been listed as an AFL player.
The VFL’s 2019 season began last Friday, opening with two matches.
A VFL statement read: “While they did not personally place any bets, they handed over their personal details and these accounts placed bets on VFL/AFL matches.
“All VFL players and officials receive regular gambling education and any player or official who is found to be in breach of VFL rules will be sanctioned accordingly.”