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Davis in favour of Fevola punishment

03/11/2006 06:02:18 AM Comments (0)

Brendan Fevola's Australian teammate, Nick Davis has supported the AFL's decision to banish the Coleman Medallist from the tour of Ireland for his scuffle with a barman.

Davis, who was not at Galway's Imperial Hotel when Fevola placed barman Paul Murray in a headlock on Sunday night, said players were warned against misbehaving on the trip.

"The AFL handled it well," Davis told reporters in Dublin.

"Obviously the AFL felt that it was serious enough to send him home and I don't think anyone from the playing group holds it against the AFL at all.

"You are representing your country. Anything like that puts a bad name against the AFL and your country and has got to be dealt with seriously."

The Swans star said he had found the locals to be friendly.

But Fevola claimed he snapped after what he described as days of abuse from Irish fans, including racist slurs against the Australian team's indigenous players.

GAA President Nickey Brennan, said he was out of the country for a few days but had been keeping in touch with the situation in Ireland.

He reacted with surprise to Fevola's claims.

"This is complete news to me," he told the Irish Examiner Website.

"I would have thought if something like this happened it would have been in the papers before now ... I am very surprised to hear now about these allegations."

The AFL also denied its players had suffered any racial abuse.

Fevola checked out of the Radisson SAS Plaza Hotel in Oslo, Norway, on Thursday but is expected to remain in Europe until the dust settles.

No charges have been brought against the Carlton forward, although the matter is in the hands of Ireland's Director of Public Prosecutions.

Murray said he wants Fevola charged.

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