“He’s saying ‘Right, OK, have you got it now? Richmond captain Trent Cotchin and wife Brooke are doing it "tough" but have accepted responsibility for a breach of the AFL's coronavirus protocols, which has resulted in a heavy fine. Collingwood president Eddie McGuire said on Friday night it was unfair for the AFL to punish clubs for the actions of players’ wives. So while there may be trouble on the field at Tigerland, at least the leaders are prepared to stand up and fight for each other. Tigers coach Damien Hardwick is more concerned with on-field matters. Mrs Cotchin was sprung getting a facial after she wrote about the trip on social media before quickly deleting the post - but not before it caught the attention of seething AFL officials. (@blkcotchin) The Richmond breach came via Trent Cotchin's partner Brooke who visited a day spa - Esteem Medi Spa - and posted about it on Instagram. The former AFL player split from Kym Valentine - known for playing Libby Kennedy in Neighbours - six months ago.. Cotchin's leadership has been widely criticised in the media and was under further pressure as the Tigers went down to West Coast by 68 points at Domain Stadium on Friday night. "Mitch mistakenly did not follow his department’s editorial decision and named a family member on his own personal twitter channel on Friday evening. They did it, they were at fault. All times AEDT (GMT +11). Trent and Brooke Cotchin at the Brownlow. Get your 14-day free trial & start streaming instantly >. Credit:Getty Images. “I think the point Gill McLachlan made during the week is 100 per cent right: we make a rule to keep the game going. 39.8k Followers, 958 Following, 643 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from BROOKE. Add articles to your saved list and come back to them any time. It’d be a disaster, imagine if we don’t get to finish off the finals series now. The AFL has come down hard on four Melbourne clubs, fining them almost $200,000 for hub breaches. AFL player Trent Cotchin has spoken about why he and his wife Brooke changed their newborn son's name. The story had been live on the AFL website on Friday for more than 30 minutes when Cleary was told to take it down, this coming after Brooke had deleted her Instagram post. Cotchin, who has performed admirably so far in Richmond's poor start to the season, came out in defence of Tigers coach Damien Hardwick. The Tigers were hit with a $45,000 fine after Brooke Cotchin’s forbidden trip to a day spar while in the Queensland hub, a clear violation of the AFL’s strict COVID-19 protocols. I knew I was in the right place as soon as I walked through the doors of Esteem.”. He also said he was unsure if club bosses had contacted the AFL. Hawthorn were hit with a $50,000 fine and had half suspended after non-playing Hawks, who were watching their teammates face Sydney at the SCG last Saturday, bought chips from the public food area. It was earlier revealed Hawthorn had received a fine of $50,000 for players breaching the protocols during a trip to a snack vendor inside the SCG last week. The couple already has two children - daughters Harper, four, and Mackenzie, three. It was just a misunderstanding.”, Kayo is your ticket to the 2020 Toyota AFL Premiership Season. 39.8k Followers, 958 Following, 643 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from BROOKE. My skin was in desperate need of some love. Trent and Brooke Cotchin at the Brownlow. To have to listen to the constant criticism you have had to put up with especially of late has been incredibly hard. Hardwick said he was unsure whether there had been an agreement that Brooke would not be identified. The wife of Richmond captain Trent Cotchin has been busted breaching AFL protocols with an Instagram post that cost more than $1000 per word. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Your Privacy Controls. Brooke breached rules by entering a beauty salon in Queensland last week. He also covers AFL and has won awards for his cricket and basketball writing. Find out more about our policy and your choices, including how to opt-out. Everyone is up here trying to do the right thing but the reality is, mistakes are going to be made. We are supportive of them and we understand they have accepted responsibility and are prepared to move on pretty quickly. “You can get to the clubs in due course, I think the AFL’s set it out, but I think it’s got to be a personal fine.”. The story, however, didn't end immediately, for the reporting of it had led to the indefinite suspension of afl.com.au journalist Mitch Cleary for naming Brooke as the culprit.