‘Dogs confirm concerns about AFL star

Western Bulldogs star Tom Liberatore is in trouble again for his off-field behaviour, with the AFL club confirming it had been “unacceptable”.

The Bulldogs would not go into details, but according to Channel Nine the player missed club appointments which earned him a rebuke.

Liberatore, who won the Bulldogs’ best and fairest award last year, is sidelined for the year because of a knee reconstruction.

It is understood he was due to travel to Europe for a holiday with friends.

But the club has told him to go to Thailand instead.

The Bulldogs released a statement on Thursday, confirming Liberatore had concerned them.

“(We) have recently dealt with some behaviour by Tom Liberatore which has been unacceptable to the club,” club president Peter Gordon said.

“While the club accepts that Tom has had some difficult issues to deal with in 2015, the recent behaviour failed to meet our standards and expectations of him.

“In consultation with Tom and his advisers, the club has had a detailed plan in place for Tom’s education and rehabilitation in 2015, as well as his participation in supporting his teammates and the team.

“That plan has now been modified to reflect his recent behaviour.”

On Thursday, Gordon said in a statement the club would continue to support Liberatore and make their expectations “very clear” to him.

They also would not go into detail about what Liberatore had done.

“In our view, the provision of further detail about these circumstances would not be in Tom’s best interests for recovery and rehabilitation,” Gordon said.

“For that reason, the Club has not commented and does not propose further comment.”

In August 2012, police found Liberatore unconscious.

The Bulldogs banned him for the rest of that season after he was found heavily intoxicated and in possession of a small amount of a recreational illicit substance.

The incident, which Liberatore admitted was an act of stupidity, also counted as a strike under the AFL’s controversial three-strikes illicit-drugs policy.

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