By Josh Alston For Daily Mail Australia
Published: 01:21 EDT, 9 May 2022 | Updated: 01:51 EDT, 9 May 2022
West Coast CEO Trevor Nisbett says the club's horror manpower situation could mean the Eagles players who partied at a Perth nightclub will escape suspension - but they will cop hefty fines.
The Eagles were forced to travel to Brisbane for their AFL loss against the Lions on the weekend with just 21 fit and available players. South Fremantle's Jake Florenca and Claremont's Declan Mountford were called up to debut.
It came after Covid again ravaged the club just days after seven West Coast players breached protocols and went clubbing with Richmond players just 24 hours after they were flogged by 109 points.
Nelson and Rotham were pictured at the nightclub with the image circulated on social media
Defenders Jackson Nelson and Josh Rotham were the first players identified after a photo of them at the club on the night in question circulated through social media.
Jake Waterman was photographed and young duo Rhett Bazzo and Campbell Chesser - who has a foot injury and is not expected to play in 2022 anyway - have also recently been named.
Nisbett also told SEN that two more Eagles were in attendance during their eight-day break between matches, but did not reveal their identities. He said the players would be fined, but their gutted roster meant the club was not in a position to hand out mass suspensions.
'It was a real slap in the face for our processes and guidelines. The guys haven't broken the law or anything, but from a club perspective, I know the other players are really disappointed.' he told SEN WA Breakfast.
'They'll have to cop the consequences, but we'll deal with that today and it will be finished and we can move on for the game against Melbourne.
'They know the circumstances we're facing as a football club, and the circumstances that they've put us in with going out on an eight-day break.
'They can make as many excuses as they like – but it is just not good enough for elite athletes to do that under these circumstances.
'Our players were given specific instructions not to be at nightclubs. There is no excuse.'
Waterman played against the Lions and will now face a fine for going to the Perth nightclub
Earlier, Nisbett had told ABC's SportsTalk that he was 'disgusted' by the incident.
'It is something you just don't think is going to happen with all the education and the things we've been doing in the last two and a half years really,' he said.
'From a club perspective, we are still going through the investigation to find out why the players did this and the second part is to find out if there are any other players involved. And there are consequences for that.'
Schofield felt that the West Coast Eagles hung the players out to dry without any support
Today's announcement comes after former West Coast premiership player Will Schofield slammed the club for the way they handled the incident, accusing the Eagles of 'hanging them out to dry'.
'The most disappointing thing I have observed in this most disappointing of seasons has been the club hanging out their own players to dry via a press release that reeked of emotion and lacked any form of support for them,' he said.
'Adam Simpson is understandably upset and the club is disappointed. But the public shaming of the players, and the club's attempt to distance itself from them, was more embarrassing than any of the Eagles' on-field performances this season. Which is saying something.'
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