AFL news 2022: Fremantle Dockers, Michael Frederick suspended, drinking alcohol, one-match ban, club statement

Fremantle Dockers young gun Michael Frederick has been suspended by his own club for an off field drinking indiscretion.

Fremantle forward Michael Frederick has been suspended by the club for one match after consuming alcohol during a six-day break between games.

Frederick, who has kicked five goals in the last two weeks during wins over Melbourne and Brisbane, consumed alcohol following the round 12 win over the Lions, which was deemed to have “fell short of team standards” given the short break between matches.

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In consultation with the leadership group, the club imposed a one-match ban on the 22-year-old, meaning he won’t face Hawthorn in round 13.

“Michael is remorseful and makes no excuses for his actions,” Fremantle football boss Peter Bell said in a statement on the club website.

“The Club is proud of the culture it has built in recent years and that is mainly due to the strong commitment to the trademark that the players and staff adhere to every day.

“The Club will continue to support Michael so he is equipped to make better decisions in the future.”“Michael is an outstanding young man who has made an error, but we are really confident that he will learn from this experience. We look forward to a demonstration of his commitment to our trademark moving forwards.”

The news comes on the same day Melbourne defender Steven May was suspended for drinking while still under AFL concussion protocols.

He was involved in a scuffle with teammate Jake Melksham and suspended for one game.

Originally published as ‘No excuses’: Fremantle Dockers ban young gun after drinking indiscretion

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