Sydney Swans star banned for remainder of 2020 for COVID breach

A Sydney Swans player will now miss the rest of the 2020 season, after his partner snuck into quarantine accommodation in Western Australia.

Elijah Taylor not only breached the AFl return to play protocols, but also the Western Australian COVID-19 quarantine directions that apply to the whole Sydney Swans side.

Both the Swans and the AFL investigated the matter, determining that Taylor be suspended for the rest of the season.


While the Sydney team has been sanctioned $50,000 for the breach, with half of that suspended. $25,000 will be included in the Swans 2021 Soft Cap.

AFL General Counsel Andrew Dillon says any breach will not be tolerated.

“The actions by Elijah not only breach the AFL’s protocols, but made it a police matter by breaching the Western Australian COVID-19 quarantine directions.”

“When in quarantine the rules are clear and there is no excuse for this breach,” Mr Dillon said.

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.

“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,” Mr Harley said.