Brisbane’s Cam Ellis-Yolmen joins West Coast’s Jack Darling on AFL sidelines for refusing COVID jab
Just hours after unvaccinated West Coast forward Jack Darling was barred from the club, Brisbane’s Cam Ellis-Yolmen has suffered the same fate.
The Lions revealed Ellis-Yolmen had applied for an exemption to the AFL’s COVID-19 policy, but was ultimately unsuccessful.
“The Brisbane Lions will be placing Cam Ellis-Yolmen on the inactive list after the 28-year-old midfielder did not meet the AFL’s COVID vaccination requirements,” the club said.
“Ellis-Yolmen is now ineligible to train or play.
“The Lions respect Cameron’s right to personal choice but are also committed to the protocols put in place by the AFL to safeguard the competition and protect the health and wellbeing of its players.”
Ellis-Yolmen played just nine games for the Lions in 2020 after crossing from Adelaide.
WA pair get COVID
Richmond are the latest AFL club in the COVID chaos sweeping the east coast of Australia.
There’s reports WA pair Marlion Pickett and Matthew Parker have both tested positive to COVID.
The vaccinated duo are said to be recovering at home, away from training teammates.
Pickett arrived at Tigerland in remarkable circumstances, after being snapped up in the 2019 Mid-Season Draft while injured.
He was named best on ground in Richmond’s VFL grand final win and then days later made a dream AFL debut in the 2019 grand final, where he gathered 22 disposals and kicked a fairytale goal in the Tigers’ win over GWS.
Parker has followed a similar path to his mate Pickett, also arriving at Richmond through the Mid-Season Draft.
The West Aussie had played 19 AFL games for St Kilda before being delisted at the end of 2020 and returning to South Fremantle in the WAFL.
He played in Richmond’s final six games of 2021.
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