Brownlow medalist and three-time premiership player Jason Akermanis. Photo: Gary Schafer
JASON Akermanis has accused the AFL of having a vendetta against him in the lead-up to the controversial footballer playing for Canberra club Tuggeranong this weekend in the North East Australian Football League.
Akermanis said the league should be encouraging ''ex-AFL superstars'' like himself to raise the profile of the game, as well as much-needed revenue for struggling clubs.
The three-time Brisbane Lions premiership player said the NEAFL, run by the AFL, has made it difficult for him to play for the struggling club and has not promoted the game.
Akermanis said he had called AFL boss Andrew Demetriou to clear the air but had had no response. ''I think the AFL have an agenda I don't know anything about, for whatever reason. I don't understand. I ring them, they don't ring back, they can't tell me why,'' he said.
''It's getting a little bit petty from certainly their end and to be honest I'm starting to get a bit sick and tired of telling people why the AFL have got a problem with me because I don't really know. All their actions have been so negative and disappointing. It's gotten to a point where the AFL need to be held accountable because right now they are doing nothing but negative actions towards their own competitions and their own players, and particularly ex-players like myself.''
There was no mention on the competition's website yesterday of Akermanis playing for Tuggeranong this weekend.