Michael Johnson stood down
Fremantle player Michael Johnson has been stood down by the club from all club activities, including training and playing at all levels.
Chief executive officer Steve Rosich said today that the decision to stand the player down until further notice was made after Johnson was questioned by police in the early hours of Sunday morning on a drug related matter.
At the time, police advised Johnson that he would be charged by summons at a later date.
Rosich said that the club was yet to a reach a decision on what club sanctions would be imposed on Johnson.
“In accordance with the protocols we have in place, we are still in the process of gathering all relevant information and doing so in a timely and appropriate manner,” he said.
“We are very disappointed that Michael placed himself in a situation that allowed these circumstances to arise.
“Due to the serious nature of the matter and an impending police charge, the club believes that standing Michael down was the appropriate course of action to take at this stage.
“The action taken reflects the serious nature of the situation at hand. It will also allow Michael to focus on all related legal issues and make that his priority.
“Michael is distressed by the turn of events and, in the best interests of his welfare, we will take the appropriate time to work through the situation with him and his legal representative.
“Michael informed the club of this matter in accordance with the required club protocols and has fully cooperated with police, the AFL and the club during their investigations.”
“The AFL was advised on Sunday of this matter and will continue to be updated.
“We will make further comment when we are in a position to do so.”
All media are advised that there will be no comment from the club until that time.