Western Bulldogs president Peter Gordon has described the initial reaction to the AFL's investigation into two players' betting activities as hysterical.
The AFL is investigating bets placed by a Bulldogs AFL-listed player and VFL-listed player last Saturday afternoon.
Gordon said the investigation needs to be allowed to run its course and that the two players at the centre of the probe may not have committed a breach.
"Don't assume that this is some kind of great bookie robbery type conspiracy," Gordon said on ABC 774 Melbourne on Friday morning.
"This is young men having a bet on Saturday afternoon and something erroneous may have occurred."
Gordon said the two players self-reported their acts and the matter was promptly passed on to the AFL's Integrity Unit that afternoon.
"On the facts that are currently available to the club there may have been no breach by either of those players
. Let's let the investigation run its course.
"It is entirely possible that the facts when they are disclosed, that it is nothing like the initial hysterical reaction that came out yesterday
Gordon said he does not believe there is a problematic gambling culture at the Bulldogs but said betting on horses is popular among the Bulldogs and AFL players in general.
"Betting is endemic to the culture," he said."I do not believe there is a particular problem with the Western Bulldogs and I certainly believe our players understand the gaming rules and the betting rules for the AFL.
Gordon does not expect the AFL Integrity Unit's investigation to take long and once completed the club will undertake its own investigation