Player agent Liam Pickering has launched a staunch defence of the league’s playing group, saying criticism over their public stance in pay negotiations has been overblown.
The AFL and AFLPA concluded a deal on Friday, with players set to take a 50 per cent pay cut in the next two months and a sliding scale after that depending on when the season starts again.
Pickering said it was a “short-sighted view” to criticise the players, calling out what he believes was “hysterical” reporting last week.
“It’s an easy one to just kick the players,” he said on AFL Nation.
“To me it’s a short-sighted view without knowing the facts and the facts are the players know the position everyone’s in. They’re not silly, they read the papers and know where we’re at.
“The fact that there’s no footy at the moment – they’re fully aware of that.
“I think some of the journalism has been hysterical to be perfectly honest and I think everyone has been trying to work together on it but it’s an easy one to take a long stick to the players.
“It’s a very short-sighted view really.”
The AFL announced last week the league would shut down until at least May 31 due to the current global heath crisis.