AFL: The Brisbane Lions say they have been left in the dark and short-staffed after player welfare worker Craig Lambert was banned for 12 months over his part in the Lachie Whitfield drugs saga.
Lambert was banned for allowing Greater Western Sydney's Whitfield to stay at his house in an alleged bid to avoid drug testers in 2015.
Whitfield was banned for six months, while Lambert's former Giants colleague Graeme Allen is also out for a year.
Allen had joined Collingwood as football manager and like Lambert won't be allowed any role in the game until 2018.
The Lions say they have been punished for no fault of their own.
"My major disappointment is that we are in this situation,” Brisbane chairman Bob Sharpless told News Corp Australia.
"GWS had a level of knowledge, the AFL had a level of knowledge, but we didn't.
"At the end of the day, from the checks we did, there was nothing that would have caused us any worries.”
Brisbane is reportedly working to recruit a new player welfare manager to help oversee the struggling club's young list.
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