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Bradley Hill has been demoted from Fremantle's leadership group
Bradley is a young man who we hold in high regard and we are confident he will learn some valuable lessons from this and go on to be a better person and a better leader in the future.
Chris Bond

BRADLEY Hill has been dumped from Fremantle's leadership group and banned for one AFL match after his brush with the law at a Scarborough nightspot.

The Dockers have also slapped Hill with a $5,000 fine – with an additional $5,000 suspended – and ordered him to undergo alcohol education.

Hill allegedly breached a police move-on notice and gave a false name after trying to jump a barrier when he was refused entry to a licensed venue about 10.30pm on Sunday, May 6. 

The 24-year-old also stepped out of line with the Dockers' alcohol protocols for an injured player. 

Hill has not played since round two due to bone bruising in his knee and was on club-approved leave when the incident occurred.

He further angered the Dockers by failing to notify them, with CEO Steve Rosich confirming the club was alerted by media.

Hill relinquishes his leadership role little more than two months since he was elevated to the position following his Doig Medal-winning season.

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Hill was notably absent while the rest of the group – plus veteran Hayden Ballantyne – showed their support for embattled coach Ross Lyon at a press conference with Rosich and president Dale Alcock last Friday. 

Hill finding himself in hot water was shocking timing for Freo amid speculation Lyon's job was in jeopardy following a workplace harassment allegation.

"We are disappointed that Bradley put himself in such a situation and made poor decisions and choices," general manager of football operations Chris Bond said.

"More importantly, as a member of the leadership group in a club where more than a third of our list are young first and second-year players, Bradley is required, without exception, to be at the forefront of upholding our values and behaviours at all times on and off the field.  

"Clearly on this occasion that was not the case and a significant sanction was required, which Bradley has accepted without question.

"Bradley is a young man who we hold in high regard and we are confident he will learn some valuable lessons from this and go on to be a better person and a better leader in the future."

Hill's incident was the latest of several off-field issues involving Fremantle players.  

Harley Bennell served an eight-week club suspension and was hit with a $15,000 fine - $5,000 suspended – in January after being involved in a scuffle with a bouncer at a Fremantle bar.

Bennell missed the Dockers' first training session of the new year after drinking an "excessive amount of alcohol".

Brennan Cox and Luke Ryan were banned for one game last July after drinking alcohol after the Western Derby with only six days before Freo's next match. 

Last November, another former leadership group member, Michael Johnson, was found guilty of assaulting a man during a drunken incident in a Leederville kebab shop in late 2016.

Hill, a triple-premiership player at Hawthorn, was sanctioned for two off-field misdemeanours before he was traded home in exchange for pick 23 in the 2016 NAB AFL Draft.  

The line-breaking wingman was handed a 12-month good behaviour bond and fined $1000 after being charged with unlawful assault for a Melbourne nightclub scuffle in January 2016. 

He was also fined $500 for driving while his licence was suspended in June that year. 

Hill was due to start running at training this week but does not have a timeframe to return on the club's official injury list.

The Dockers are confident his brother Stephen (quad), damaging half-back Nathan Wilson (back) and gun forward Michael Walters (knee) will be fit for the trip to face Sydney.