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Dogs suspend Boyd, Cordy after drunken fight

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Tom Boyd has been suspended by the Bulldogs after a drunken altercation with Zaine Cordy

WESTERN Bulldogs Tom Boyd and Zaine Cordy have been suspended indefinitely after clashing with each other in a drunken, "violent" altercation. 

The Bulldogs released a statement on Thursday that confirmed there had been an incident between the players "in the last several weeks", with the club particularly disappointed in Boyd's actions. 

"The incident involved an altercation between Tom and Zaine, in which both players were affected by alcohol," the statement said. 

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"The club is strongly against any form of violent behaviour and is extremely disappointed in the actions of both players, particularly by the actions of Tom." 

The Bulldogs have suspended Boyd and Cordy "until the club deems it appropriate for both to return" and fined Boyd $5000 for "the relevant unacceptable aspects of Tom's behaviour". 

The club has also demanded the pair apologise and explain their conduct to their teammates and colleagues at the club, while Boyd will undergo "appropriate counselling". 

"Tom and Zaine have accepted these sanctions, and they have all been implemented," the Bulldogs said. 

"Additionally, Tom has volunteered a significant personal contribution of time and money to a not-for-profit organisation focused on the prevention of social violence.

"Tom and Zaine have committed to the club that there will be no repetition of such behaviour and that they will atone to their teammates and the club."

Zaine Cordy has played just two games for the Bulldogs, both in 2015. Picture: AFL Media

The suspensions come at a bad time for the duo, as both players were pushing for senior selection after overcoming injuries in recent weeks.

Boyd, 20, looked set to be recalled for Saturday's clash with the Sydney Swans after kicking three goals and taking several contested marks in his third game back in the VFL from an ongoing shoulder complaint.

The big money recruit was seen as a possible solution to the Dogs' scoring inefficiencies that see them a lowly 10th for scoring this year with an average just 88 points per game.

However, Essendon great Matthew Lloyd believes 2013's No.1 pick isn't in Luke Beveridge's best side and that fellow tall Jack Redpath is a better option in attack at the moment.

The former Giant has kicked 29 goals from 27 senior appearances in his career, and 21 goals from 21 games for the Dogs.

Cordy has also been impressive for Footscray over the past fortnight in his return from an ankle injury.

The 19-year-old is seen as a ready-made replacement for veteran Dale Morris, and could be considered unlucky not to have seen more senior action than the two career games he played at the end of last season.