Date: June 29 2012
Greater Western Sydney midfielder Taylor Adams was suspended for one match and fined almost $3500 by the AFL club yesterday for his role in a fracas outside a Geelong nightclub.
Adams, taken with pick No.13 in last year's draft, will miss tomorrow's derby clash with Sydney and has been fined $3477 - the maximum five per cent of his base playing wage.
GWS sidelined him for two games, one of which will be a suspended sentence that can be activated by the club or the AFL if Adams engages in ''notifiable conduct'' before the end of 2013. Other club-imposed sanctions included 10 weeks of community service in western Sydney and participation in an appropriate education course.
The club's punishments came three days after he appeared in the Geelong Magistrates Court and pleaded guilty to one charge of recklessly causing injury and a charge of affray.
Two assault charges were dropped, while Adams was ordered to serve a six-month diversion order for the late-night incident in January that left one man with a fractured jaw.
''It is important as the AFL's newest club that we send a strong message to our playing group and the wider community that we won't accept this type of behaviour,'' GWS chief executive David Matthews said yesterday.
''To his credit, Taylor has accepted responsibility for his actions and we believe he will learn from this.'' AAP
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