Swans’ Talia charged with drug possession

Sydney AFL defender Michael Talia has been stood down by the Swans after being charged with possession of a prohibited substance.

Talia, who hasn’t played since injuring his foot in round one, was arrested in Double Bay early on Sunday morning and is due to face Waverley Local Court next month.

Swans football manager Tom Harley said the news was “extremely disappointing”.

“Given the seriousness of the charges we have made the decision to stand Michael down from training and club activities as we gather the facts,” Harley said in a statement on Monday.

“Our decision is in no way a reflection of judgment, but rather an interim measure as the matter is investigated by police.

“All of our players are educated about drug use and the AFL’s illicit drugs policy, as well as our club’s firm view on drug issues.”

Harley, who will address the media at 12.45pm (AEST), said the Swans will ensure Talia receives the support he needs throughout the legal process.

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