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Bomber banned for COVID-19 breach



Young Essendon defender Brandon Zerk-Thatcher won't play this Sunday against Sydney after being suspended by the club for a breach of AFL's return to play protocols.


The 21 year old (pictured above, right), who hails from Sturt in South Australia self-reported his breach that occured during self-isolation lockdown, the AFL and Essendon investigating the matter and handing Zerk-Thatcher a one match ban.


Essendon general manager of football Dan Richardson said Zerk-Thatcher was remorseful for his actions and apologised to the playing group this week for his error of judgement.  


“All AFL players and staff are aware of their social responsibility to adhere to the return to play protocols. The club will continue to educate Brandon,” Richardson said.


“Brandon will continue to train with the playing group and will be available for senior selection next week.”


The defender debuted in round 22 last season against Fremantle, and played round one this year against the same opponent.


Teams for remaining matches in round 2 will be announced tonight, after Collingwood and Richmond confirmed their teams on Wednesday for the season restart at the MCG.


IMAGE: Herald Sun.

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