Sydney Swans player Michael Talia stood down after drug arrest

The Sydney Swans have stood down Michael Talia after he was arrested in Double Bay in the early hours of Sunday.

The 23-year-old has been charged with being in possession of a quantity of a prohibited substance.

General Manager of Football Tom Harley says the Swans take the matter very seriously.


“It’s extremely disappointing to have one of our players in this situation,” Harley said.

“Given the seriousness of the charges we have made the decision to stand Michael down from training and club activities as we gather the facts.

“Our decision is in no way a reflection of judgement, but rather an interim measure as the matter is investigated by police.

“All of our players are educated about drug use and the AFL’s illicit drugs policy, as well as our club’s firm view on drug issues.

“We will work through this matter with Michael from a legal, welfare and education perspective to ensure he receives the necessary support.”

Talia is due to appear in the Waverly Local Court next month.