The Sydney Swans were made aware early yesterday that player Elijah Taylor had been charged by police, following an incident in Perth on Sunday morning.
Taylor was charged with aggravated assault occasioning bodily harm and will appear in a Perth Court later this month.
Sydney Swans CEO Tom Harley said the club spent yesterday working through the situation and are treating the matter very seriously.
“We are extremely disappointed to have one of our players in this position,” Harley said
“As a result of the serious nature of these charges, coupled with Elijah’s failure to abide by club directives on a number of occasions this year, we have made the decision to stand him down from all club commitments immediately. We will review this position as the situation unfolds.
“We believe this is the most appropriate course of action giving respect to all involved, and in light of the impending court proceedings.
“This is a difficult situation and one we will work with relevant experts and authorities to navigate.
“The club, together with the AFL, will ensure Elijah and those involved receive the appropriate assistance and support.
“Finally I would like to reiterate that our club has very strong values, which include respect, tolerance and a condemnation of violence, especially against women. We expect everyone at our club to uphold these values without compromise.”
The club will not be making any further comment regarding the alleged conduct or the charge whilst legal proceedings are ongoing.