The Sydney Swans have stood down troubled youngster Elijah Taylor from all club duties, a day after he was charged with aggravated assault.
Taylor had already been suspended for the rest of the AFL season for his quarantine breach last month and has not been training with the rest of his teammates for several weeks.
Elijah Taylor has been stood down from all club duties by the Sydney Swans.Credit:Getty
"We are extremely disappointed to have one of our players in this position.
"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."
AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan said the league supported Sydney's decison to stand Taylor down.
"Violence against women in any form is abhorrent and we strongly condemn it," McLachlan said in a statement. "Our view is clear and unequivocal – violence against women is never okay in any circumstance – ever. Our absolute commitment is to respect women and to never accept or condone in any way, shape or form violence against women."
Taylor will face court in Perth on September 30 over the charge.
His former partner Lekahni Pearce, 18, appeared on Seven News in Perth on Monday night with apparent bruising under both of her eyes. While she did not name her attacker, she said it was caused by "someone she loved", and that she wanted to help shine a light on domestic violence and inspire other victims to speak out.
Pearce was caught in Taylor’s room during Sydney’s mandated 14 days of quarantine at the Joondalup Resort a month ago.
The Swans agreed to leave Taylor with his family in Perth after his suspension rather than have him travel with the team to their hub in Cairns, where they are preparing for Sunday's clash with Geelong – their last match of the season.
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