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Sydney Swans player Elijah Taylor charged with aggravated assault

Sydney Swans rookie Elijah Taylor has been charged with aggravated assault.

The 19-year-old medium forward, who is from Western Australia, was arrested at a home in the southern Perth suburb of Langford yesterday, and questioned at Cannington Police Station for several hours.

He is due to attend a family violence hearing later today, and will appear in the Perth Magistrates Court on September 30.

Last month Taylor was suspended from the team for the rest of the season for breaching COVID-19 quarantine protocols after his then-partner entered the Swans’ quarantine accommodation in the Swan Valley when not authorised to do so.

It constituted not only a breach of the AFL return to play protocols but also the Western Australian COVID-19 quarantine directions that apply to Swans players and officials at their quarantine accommodation.

The Swans were sanctioned $50,000 for the breach, although $25,000 of that was suspended.

Taylor remained in Perth after the protocol breach to be with family, while the Swans moved to a new hub in Cairns to finish the season.

He made his debut for Sydney in round seven after he was recruited from Perth in the WAFL with pick 36 in last year’s AFL draft.