The AFL has prohibited the Sydney Swans from recruiting players to the club during the trade period for the next two years, as it cracks down on the Swans' use of the controversial Cost of Living Allowance (COLA).
Earlier this year, the AFL announced it was phasing out the system which allows Sydney extra salary cap space, and replacing it with a rental assistance program.
The Swans have been told that due to the allowance being phased out, they now can not use it to recruit players from trades or free agency, and if they do, the COLA will be stopped immediately.
The Swans said they are disappointed with the ruling, and claimed they are being punished for following the AFL's own rule change.
Swans chief executive Andrew Ireland expressed his disappointment in a statement.