AFL New Zealand CEO sanction for incident at Premiership match

AFL New Zealand CEO Rob Vanstam has been sanctioned by the AFLNZ Board for his involvement in an incident that occurred at a Premiership match earlier this year.


The incident occurred while Rob Vanstam was acting as a voluntary match day runner and involved contact with a parent of a player.

The Chairman of the AFL New Zealand, Michael Nettlefold made the following comment;

” Through a comprehensive investigation by Risk Advisory Partner at BDO, Mr Andrew Sloman, Rob Vanstam was found to have breached the AFL New Zealand Code of Conduct.”

“Whilst the nature of the sanction is an internal matter, it is formal, has been approved by the AFL and the Board of AFLNZ has made a written apology to the parent.”

“Rob has a long standing record of performance as CEO of AFL New Zealand and has built a positive working environment. The Board is satisfied the incident was in itself a one off situation. However, the AFLNZ Board is absolutely committed to not only promoting the game but ensuring all participants are treated respectfully by each other. This is fundamental to our Code of Conduct and importantly, to our values as an organisation.”