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No China crisis, Fevola cleared for trip

08/10/2010 08:43:41 PM Comments (0)

Brisbane full-forward Brendan Fevola will travel with the Lions for next week's AFL exhibition match in China.

The Lions made the decision a day after lifting his club suspension.

On Wednesday, Queensland Police announced Fevola had no case to answer over an allegation he exposed himself to a woman at a non-club sanctioned function.

But the AFL are continuing to investigate the incident and are not expected to decide whether Fevola should face any disciplinary action for at least a week.

The Lions will leave for China next Tuesday and will play Melbourne on October 17 in Shanghai.

Fevola will not play as he is recovering from groin surgery.

"The outcome of the Queensland Police investigation came at an opportune time as it meant that Brendan had the chance to join his team-mates over in Shanghai," Brisbane chief executive Michael Bowers said in a statement.

"It will be a significant event for everyone involved with our club and we're delighted that Brendan will be part of it."

"Although he won't play in the match because of a groin injury, it's great that he can re-join the group as the club helps promote the code in China."

But the match could be re-labelled the Shanghaied Experiment as Brisbane is having difficulty drafting their AFL squad.

Ironically there's no shortage of senior Lions players making the trip, with skipper Jonathan Brown, veterans Simon Black and Luke Power and now Fevola going only for promotional and sightseeing purposes.

Up until Monday, the Lions had just 16 players confirmed for the game and up until Friday the most experienced was 76-game midfielder Cheyne Stiller.

But key defenders Jed Adcock and Daniel Merrett and midfielder Amon Buchanan have since been added, injecting more than 330 games experience into the squad - which is more than the other players put together.

A Melbourne spokesman said they had not finalised their squad although they have a team list comprising 22 players with more than a dozen of their best of 2010, including ruckman Mark Jamar, Colin Sylvia and Tom Scully, due to play.

Woodside Energy, one of Australia's major energy exporters to Asia, has agreed to be the major sponsor of the AFL's first match in China.

It will be staged at the Jiangwan Sports Centre in Shanghai.

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