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Heated moment footy legend Jason Akermanis faces off with golf club president to protest ban

Heated moment footy legend Jason Akermanis faces off with golf club president to protest his innocence after being banned for cheating and abusing other players

  • AFL legend Jason Akermanis faced off with a golf club president to protest ban
  • Akermanis has been banned from three golf clubs on the NSW-Victorian border
  • Commercial Club president Graeme Edgar claims Akermanis threatened golfers
  • The former footballer, who won three premierships, is no stranger to controversy

AFL legend Jason Akermanis has faced off with a golf club president to protest his innocence after being banned from the course.

The three-time premiership player with the Brisbane Lions has been banned from three golf clubs in Albury-Wodonga on the New South Wales-Victoria border.

But the controversial footy star turned golfer claimed he’s innocent and said he doesn’t deserve to be restricted from the clubs. 

AFL legend Jason Akermanis (pictured with wife Megan) has faced off with a golf club president to protest his innocence after being banned for threatening other golfers

AFL legend Jason Akermanis (pictured with wife Megan) has faced off with a golf club president to protest his innocence after being banned for threatening other golfers

'Everyone else can get away with whatever they like but not me,' the 42-year-old told A Current Affair

‘Everyone else can get away with whatever they like but not me,’ the 42-year-old told A Current Affair

‘Everyone else can get away with whatever they like but not me,’ the 42-year-old told A Current Affair

Akermanis paid a visit to the Commercial Club Albury, where he has been banned, and confronted president Graeme Edgar about allegations of misconduct.  

Mr Edgar told A Current Affair and Akermanis: ‘He (Akermanis) threatened four guys on a golf green with a club in his hand for moving his buggy’.

Mr Edgar said Akermanis did not use appropriate language when making the threats and deemed the behaviour was too inappropriate to be ignored.  

Akermanis claims he’s been treated unfairly with the bans but Mr Edgar disagreed and said he had previously been banned from the club. 

The heated exchange saw Akermanis point his finger at Mr Edgar, saying the club did not formally correspond with the former AFL star. 

The Brownlow Medalist has also been banned from Thurgoona Country Club for ‘cheating’.

Akermanis paid a visit to the Commercial Club Albury, where he has been banned, and confronted president Graeme Edgar (left) about allegations of misconduct

Akermanis paid a visit to the Commercial Club Albury, where he has been banned, and confronted president Graeme Edgar (left) about allegations of misconduct

The club says he had an incorrect score card and they claimed he hit a shot from an out-of-bounds position. 

His most recent ban was at Wodonga Golf Club, for taking extra shots during a charity tournament. 

Akermanis said comparing the penalties to what he has done seems ‘discriminatory’ and ‘unfair’.  

‘I’m just saying that when you play golf and you play by the rules and someone makes a complaint, you don’t deserve the punishment I received,’ he explained. 

Akermanis has planned to move to Brisbane with his family, where hopes to find a golf club that will allow him to play, as he tries to break through as a professional golfer. 

Golf NSW told Nine News they do not oversee the administrative roles of individual clubs or the actions they take with their respective by-laws.

'I'm just saying that when you play golf and you play by the rules and someone makes a complaint, you don't deserve the punishment I received,' Akermanis said

‘I’m just saying that when you play golf and you play by the rules and someone makes a complaint, you don’t deserve the punishment I received,’ Akermanis said

The former footballer is no stranger to controversy. 

In the late 2000’s, Akermanis regularly found himself in trouble because of a politically incorrect sports column he wrote.

He suggested homosexual players shouldn’t come out as the sport was not ready to accept them, and once accused an opposing player of taking performance enhancing drugs.

In other media appearances, he said former Melbourne football club president Jim Stynes was a ‘nasty man’ who should not be given a state funeral, and he once leaked to the press that his teammate had broken ribs just before the 2003 grand final.

Akermanis played 325 AFL games and booted 421 goals during his 16 year career between 1995 and 2010. 

Akermanis played 325 AFL games and booted 421 goals during his 16 year career between 1995 and 2010. He won the premiership with the Brisbane Lions three times

Akermanis played 325 AFL games and booted 421 goals during his 16 year career between 1995 and 2010. He won the premiership with the Brisbane Lions three times

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