THE AFL confirms Sydney player Elijah Taylor will be suspended for the rest of the 2020 Toyota AFL Premiership Season after breaching the AFL's return to play protocols.
Taylor breached the protocols after his partner entered the Sydney Swans quarantine accommodation in Western Australia when not authorised to do so.
It is a breach of not only the AFL return to play protocols but also the Western Australian COVID-19 quarantine directions that currently apply to all Sydney Swans players and officials at their quarantine accommodation.
The AFL, in conjunction with the club, investigated the matter and has determined that Taylor be suspended for the rest of the season.
The Sydney Swans have been sanctioned $50,000 for the breach, with $25,000 of that amount suspended.
$25,000 will be included in the Swans 2021 Soft Cap.
AFL General Counsel Andrew Dillon said the AFL’s protocols are the competition’s license to play and any clear breach will not be tolerated.
"The actions by Elijah not only breach the AFL’s protocols, but made it a police matter by breaching the Western Australian COVID-19 quarantine directions."
"When in quarantine the rules are clear and there is no excuse for this breach."
The Swans became aware of the incident on Friday night and immediately notified the WA Police and the AFL.
WA Police confirmed Taylor can continue his quarantine with the team, while his partner will also be required to quarantine for 14 days.
"We’re extremely disappointed to be in this position as our staff and players are all well aware of both the AFL protocols and the restrictions we are required to adhere to while in quarantine," Swans CEO Tom Harley said.
"We have spoken to Elijah at length and he understands the seriousness of this situation, which has also been reiterated to the entire team.
"We also appreciate that the circumstances of this year are unique and challenging for everyone, and we will continue to provide support to Elijah, as well as our other staff and players who are away from their families.
"The club would like to unreservedly apologise to the WA community. Clearly the restrictions we are adhering to are designed to protect the community and any breach is unacceptable."