Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

It's the Final Curtain for the ,CyFevola Show'

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

It's the Final Curtain for the ,CyFevola Show'

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Byline: afl hall of famer, john rantall sport@dailyexaminer.com.au

BACK in 2006 I had a front row seat to the CyBrendan Fevola show'.

My wife and I attended the chairman's lunch on grand final day and Fevola was there.

After the lunch we took our seats in the stand and found ourselves sitting directly behind the then-Carlton full forward.

I had never met him, and after what I saw that day, I soon realised I hadn't been missing out on much.

Fevola, then in his mid-20s, drank throughout the entire grand final Co played between Sydney and West Coast Co and constantly big-noted himself.

I remember thinking to myself at the time "it won't be long before this bloke falls out of favour".

Fast forward to 2010 and it appears the 29-year-old's career is over ... and not before time.

We don't need to wait for the result of a police investigation into his latest alleged indiscretion Co exposing himself to a woman at a Brisbane park in the middle of the day Co to know he's a disgrace to our game.

That's right, a disgrace.

In this column earlier in the year I described Fevola's effect on a football club as "poisonous".

You can bet the Lions are eager to offload Fevola and his heavily back ended contract.

Time will tell.

Lions in crisis

FEVOLA'S well-documented problems will place even more pressure on embattled Lions coach Michael Voss, whose decision it was to lure the troubled footballer north.

Two of the players he initially offered up as trade bait to secure Fevola will not be with the club next year Co Daniel Bradshaw left at the end of last season to join the Swans, and solid onballer Michael Rischitelli this week signed with the Gold Coast Suns.

Fevola's exorbitant wage has placed the club in a precarious financial position and created almost unmanageable salary cap issues Co hence their desire to offload him without being required to pay him out.

If Fevola stays, they face the very real prospect of losing some of their best players. …

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