AFL investigating North Melbourne, Richmond, Carlton for breaches - reports

Three AFL clubs are being investigated for protocol breaches at the league's Queensland hubs, it has been reported.

The Age, Fox Sports and SEN are reporting Carlton, North Melbourne and Richmond are being investigated for separate breaches, however the Kangaroos are denying they broke any rules.

The reports state North Melbourne believes they received AFL permission to allow players' families and partners to attend the Kangaroos' Round 8 loss to Carlton at the Gabba on Jul. 25.

But the AFL was shocked to discover, via social media, that the family members were at the game, which prompted the league to query the club.

The Tigers meanwhile are being investigated after the wife of a premiership player left the hub to visit a beauty salon before then returning.

Carlton are being investigated after the grandparents of a player's children took his kids to a Gold Coast theme park. The AFL is expected to announce its sanctions on Friday.

The investigations come just before approximately 400 families fly to Queensland on Thursday as the AFL attempts to keep its season on track despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Wednesday it was announced the AFL's two Sydney-based teams were set to relocate to Queensland earlier than first planned, with Sydney and GWS to fly to Queensland prior to their Round 9 matches to beat the Queensland border closure.