The Sydney Swans are extremely disappointed to report that one of our players has breached quarantine restrictions in Western Australia.
On Friday night, the club became aware that the partner of one of our players had visited the resort where the team is undertaking a 14-day quarantine period.
The player, Elijah Taylor, is originally from Western Australia.
The club immediately notified the AFL and WA Police and has been working with both parties on the necessary steps forward.
WA Police have notified the club that Taylor can continue his quarantine with the team, while his partner will also be required to quarantine for 14 days.
The AFL has issued a sanction of $50,000, with $25,000 of that suspended, while Taylor has been suspended from playing for the rest of the season. The $25,000 will be included in Sydney’s 2021 soft cap.
Sydney Swans CEO Tom Harley said the club fully accepts the sanctions.
“We’re extremely disappointed to be in this position as our staff and players are all well aware of both the AFL protocols and the restrictions we are required to adhere to while in quarantine,” Harley said.
“We have spoken to Elijah at length and he understands the seriousness of this situation, which has also been reiterated to the entire team.
“We also appreciate that the circumstances of this year are unique and challenging for everyone, and we will continue to provide support to Elijah, as well as our other staff and players who are away from their families.
“The club would like to unreservedly apologise to the WA community. Clearly the restrictions we are adhering to are designed to protect the community and any breach is unacceptable.”