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AFL: Fremantle star Michael Frederick is suspended after drinking

BREAKING: Fremantle gun forward Michael Frederick is suspended after DRINKING during six-day AFL break with Dockers star set to miss Hawthorn tie

  • Michael Frederick has been suspended by Fremantle for drinking during a break 
  • The 22-year-old has enjoyed a sensational season but suffered a setback 
  • Frederick starred in wins vs. Melbourne and Brisbane but will miss Hawthorn tie
  • Forward line speedster Sam Switkowski will return to replace Frederick 

Fremantle have suspended Michael Frederick after the gun forward drank during a six-day AFL break, in a blow to Justin Longmuir’s side. 

Frederick, 22, has enjoyed a sensational campaign and played a starring role in the Dockers’ season-defining victories over Melbourne and Brisbane in the past two weeks. 

Yet he has suffered a setback with the premiership contenders confirming that the 22-year-old broke club protocols after going out drinking during a break between matches.

It means he will not be involved in this weekend’s clash against Hawthorn, with his suspension approved by the club’s leadership group. 

‘Michael is remorseful and makes no excuses for his actions,’ football manager Peter Bell said. 

‘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.’ 

Frederick’s absence is offset by the return of forward line speedster Sam Switkowski, who missed two weeks for his chicken wing tackle on Collingwood’s Jack Ginnivan.