AFL 'celebrating' the shock demise of premiers

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Veteran newsman Caroline Wilson claims Richmond's archetypal twelvemonth of nary finals footy since 2016 is being celebrated by nary 1 much truthful than the AFL.

Richmond's hopes of achieving 4 premierships successful 5 years officially ended past week, with the nine present retired of finals contention with 1 circular remaining successful the season.

But according to Wilson, the club's demise this play has nary greater instrumentality than the AFL itself.

The seasoned newsman believes a fig of incidents successful caller times, specified arsenic the club's contention during the hubs past twelvemonth which included breaches and bizarre requests, on with immoderate of manager Damien Hardwick's comments made successful the media, has "riled the AFL" successful caller time.

"There person been truthful galore incidents implicit the past 2 years, it pains maine to accidental this due to the fact that Richmond has been truthful fantastic and fixed Richmond supporters truthful overmuch joyousness implicit the past 4 years," Wilson told Nine's Footy Classified.

Tigers caput manager Damien Hardwick speaks to his players (Getty)

"But determination has been immoderate deficiency of discipline. No 1 is celebrating this missing of the finals much than the AFL.

"They (AFL) loathe Richmond's behaviour past year.

"So galore things they felt they didn't bash close up successful the hub, and determination person been truthful galore comments this twelvemonth by Damien Hardwick that has riled the AFL.

"Things similar the escaped kicks fixed distant earlier successful the crippled past weekend, Dylan Grimes ne'er utilized to springiness distant the benignant of escaped kicks he's giving distant astatine the moment.

"I emotion what Damien Hardwick has done too, but unluckily helium has I deliberation created immoderate problems for the nine internally."

It's not the archetypal clip this play Wilson has been highly captious of the Tigers coach.

Caro connected Tigers' imaginable unrest

Wilson astatine the commencement of this twelvemonth wrote successful The Age that Hardwick's off-field issues, namely his caller narration with a Tigers staffer that followed his highly-publicised matrimony break-up, tarnished his enactment astatine the nine successful the eyes of galore unit astatine Tigerland.

"I wrote successful January that helium had tarnished his enactment astatine Richmond due to the fact that of issues that had happened disconnected the tract and I cognize Damien and galore astatine Richmond didn't similar this article, but I basal by it," Wilson told Nine's Footy Classified past month.

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