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Lions utility arrested in Brisbane

By Laine Clark 20/09/2008 06:04:32 PM Comments (0)

Off-field dramas have hit another Brisbane football club after Lions utility Joel Macdonald was arrested following an early morning fracas.

The AFL club has confirmed Macdonald was one of two men charged with public nuisance about 2.30am (AEST) on Saturday at Ann Street in inner-city Brisbane's Fortitude Valley.

Queensland police said they believed the alleged incident involved several people but only Macdonald and another 23-year-old man were arrested.

They said there were no injuries.

Macdonald will appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court next month.

The controversy came just days after three Broncos rugby league players were interviewed by Brisbane detectives over the alleged sexual assault of a 24-year-old woman in a Fortitude Valley nightclub toilet last weekend.

Broncos skipper Darren Lockyer has also come under fire after CCTV footage from a Brisbane venue showed him attempting to tackle their bar manager.

The Lions said it was too early to comment on Macdonald's arrest.

A Lions spokesman said they had not yet spoken to the player.

"The club is making enquiries to fully understand the incident and will make no further comment on the matter at this stage," he said.

New Lions coach Michael Voss is currently reviewing his player list for next season.

Macdonald made his AFL debut in 2004 but has been limited to 58 senior games due to a frustrating knee reconstruction in 2006.

However, Macdonald appeared back to his best in 2008 as he notched 17 games for the season.

"I just love playing football and I love my time away from football as well," Macdonald told reporters in May.

"There were a few off-field things that I've really had to work on.

"It's amazing how they sort of correlate - once you've got your off-field right, your on-field stuff starts to get working."

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