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Akermanis to learn punishment on Tuesday

31/05/2010 06:17:33 PM Comments (0)

Western Bulldogs star Jason Akermanis expects to be sitting out Sunday's game against Collingwood, even though his AFL club chose to sleep on how best to punish him.

Akermanis emerged from a series of meetings with teammates and club officials on Monday with little to say on his pending discipline over how he misled the Bulldogs in the wake of his controversial newspaper column about gay footballers.

"I've nothing to say ... we went to a meeting and that was it," he said.

"I'll talk to you tomorrow."

Bulldogs football manager James Fantasia said soon after the club had opted to defer any decision on Akermanis' future until Tuesday.

The Bulldogs are considering what action to take against Akermanis, who wrote recently in a News Ltd column that gay footballers should stay in the closet.

The Bulldogs were angered when Akermanis later claimed his column had been changed, which left the club in an awkward position when it was revealed it was an accurate representation of his views.

It is understood some Bulldogs players have tired of the distractions caused by Akermanis given his high media profile.

While the Brownlow medallist refused to discuss his future before he left the club on Monday, he earlier told one of his media employers, Melbourne Talk Radio, he would prefer not to play the Magpies at Etihad Stadium.

"No, not really," he said.

"Because my hamstring is not right and I'm sick of getting bashed over the head and trying to do the right thing and playing injured and trying help my team win when obviously if it's going to affect me.

"Then everyone would say go away and get it right and come back when you're ready.

"That's what will most likely happen."

The Bulldogs will choose between dropping the 33-year-old Akermanis to the VFL, imposing a fine, suspending him or giving him the sack.

Akermanis said on MTR he was adamant he had done nothing wrong.

"To suspend me you'd have to do something wrong, what have I done wrong?" he said.

He said nerve damage in his hamstrings was "the real issue" behind his mediocre form, in which he has struggled with his pace and kicking and has booted only two goals this season, whereas he had kicked 19 at the same stage last year.

Akermanis said the Bulldogs had been "incredibly supportive", but he acknowledged he wanted to put this latest controversy behind him.

"I've had enough, I've played a lot of years of this sport, I love playing on the weekend, but I don't want to go to training and have people harass me," he said.

"I don't want to come in here and explain myself and keep having to justify what I'm doing here and the fact that I have an actual job here that I work for and I enjoy."

Akermanis joined the Bulldogs in late 2006 after he was traded by the Brisbane Lions, who tired of the off-field controversies the outspoken star was involved in.

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