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Lions player charged over bar incident

04/02/2009 10:30:26 PM Comments (0)

Rising Brisbane Lions midfielder Albert Proud has been suspended by the AFL club after being charged with assault from an alleged glass throwing incident on the Gold Coast.

The Lions on Wednesday confirmed Proud, 20, had been charged with assault occasioning bodily harm for the incident which resulted in an injury to a female bar patron on Saturday night.

Brisbane officials are investigating the matter and keeping the AFL fully informed of all information.

"The Lions take this matter extremely seriously and Proud has been suspended from the Lions as well as omitted from the AFL Indigenous All-Star squad pending completion of the club's investigation," the club said in a statement.

"The player is providing full co-operation to the police and club investigation and deeply regrets being involved in this incident."

"It is inappropriate for the club to make any further comment or take any further action until the matter has been fully investigated," the Lions also said in a statement.

Proud had been looking forward to featuring in the Indigenous All-Stars' clash with AFL side the Adelaide Crows at Darwin on Saturday.

Proud had been picked to play in the biennial All-Stars match for indigenous players alongside Lions teammate Ash McGrath, with the coaching reins held by the Brisbane AFL club's development mentor and former premiership player Chris Johnson.

Third-year player Proud was also expected to chime into the Lions' looming NAB Cup pre-season campaign which starts next weekend against St Kilda on the Gold Coast.

After being picked up by the Lions in the 2006 Draft, Proud has made nine senior appearances for the club including seven last season.

New Lions coach Michael Voss already had enough to worry about as he prepared for his first AFL season with the Brisbane reins.

Last month young forward Rhan Hooper was fined $40,000 for persistent and serious breaches of his playing contract.

And Voss learned on Tuesday that Brownlow Medallist Simon Black would be out for four to six weeks after suffering a broken hand at training on Monday night.

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