Sydney Swans youngster Elijah Taylor has been stood down by the AFL club after being charged with aggravated assault occasioning bodily harm by police.
Swans CEO Tom Harley said the club was made aware of the charges yesterday and said they are treating the matter “very seriously”.
“We are extremely disappointed to have one of our players in this position,” Harley said.
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The 19-year-old has now been stood down as an investigation into the incident, which allegedly occurred at a hotel in Perth’s CBD on Sunday morning, continues.
“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,” the club said in a statement.
“We believe this is the most appropriate course of action giving respect to all involved, and in light of the impending court proceedings.”
Harley said it’s a “difficult situation”, which the club is working 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,” he said.
“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.”
Harley said the club would not be making any further comment whilst legal proceedings are ongoing.
Taylor is due to appear in a Perth Court later this month after being arrested and charged by WA police on Sunday.
“It is alleged that between 6am and 8am a man assaulted an 18-year-old woman who is known to him at a hotel in the Perth CBD,” WA police said in a statement.
“The 19-year-old man from Maroubra (NSW) has been charged with Aggravated Assault Occasioning Bodily Harm and was bailed to appear in the Perth Magistrates Court on Wednesday 30 September 2020.”