Bulldogs suspend Minson

Sportal June 19, 2012, 11:41 am
Will Minson

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Western Bulldogs big man Will Minson has copped a club-imposed one-week suspension for making derogatory remarks about Port Adelaide midfielder Danyle Pearce's mother on Sunday.

Minson made the disparaging comments to Pearce during the Bulldogs' 38-point win against the Power at Etihad Stadium.

The Bulldogs have also announced that Minson will have to formally apologise to Pearce and the Port Adelaide Football Club and undertake education in line with the AFL's 'Respect and Responsibility' policy.

In accepting the club's sanction, Minson acknowledged his comments were inappropriate and offensive.

"I sincerely apologise for my comments and regret they have caused hurt and offense to Danyle, his family and the Port Adelaide Football Club," Minson said.

"I realise there are no excuses for my behaviour and I accept the sanction given to me by the club."

Bulldogs chief executive Simon Garlick added: "The club has the highest of expectations when it comes to players' behaviour both on and off the field.

"While Will is genuinely remorseful for his actions - the club will not tolerate the use of inappropriate and offensive comments, especially in regards to women."

In other incidents arising from the weekend, Port Adelaide's Matt Thomas accepted a two-game ban for engaging in rough conduct against Tom Liberatore, St Kilda's Raphael Clarke and the Suns' Taylor Hine accepted reprimands for making contact with the head of Adelaide's Kurt Tippett and Kangaroos forward Lindsay Thomas respectively, while Brisbane's Mitch Golby accepted a $900 fine for umpire contact.

Meanwhile, Collingwood superstar Dane Swan will contest his tripping charge against Melbourne's Sam Blease from last round at the tribunal on Tuesday night.

Swan is in no danger of being suspended or ineligible to win the Brownlow Medal as the incident was assessed as reckless conduct (two points), low impact (one point) and body contact (one point), drawing a total of 80 demerit points and a reprimand.

Swan has a five-year good record, which reduced the penalty by 25 percent, to 60 demerit points and a reprimand.

An early plea last week would have reduced the total of demerit points by a further 25 percent to 45 points.

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