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Taylor stood down by Swans



Sydney Swans youngster Elijah Taylor has been stood down by the club after being charged with aggravated assault on Monday.


Taylor was arrested by West Australian Police and taken to Cannington Police Station on Sunday, before being issued with a charge of aggravated assault occasionally grievous bodily harm following an alleged incident earlier that day.


The 19-year-old had already been suspended by the club for the rest of the season after a breach of the Swans' COVID-safe bubble in Perth, before the police charges forced the club into further action.


"We are extremely disappointed to have one of our players in this position," Swans chief executive Tom Harley said via a club statement.


"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. We will review this position as the situation unfolds.


"We believe this is the most appropriate course of action giving respect to all involved, and in light of the impending court proceedings.


"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."


Sydney will play it's final match of the 2020 season against Geelong on Sunday.


IMAGE: Perth Now.

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