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AFL's Luke Shuey cautioned over tweet

Justin Chadwick 29/08/2011 06:45:38 PM Comments (0)

West Coast won't take any action against Luke Shuey despite the AFL midfielder posting a potentially offensive tweet over the weekend.

Shuey, referring to a sensational banana goal from teammate Ashton Hams in Saturday night's eight-point win over Brisbane, tweeted on Sunday: "Hamsys still celebrating his goal #seriously #faggot #nobody likes him".

West Coast were soon made aware of the comments and told Shuey, who posted the tweet before his team's flight back to Perth, to remove it.

Shuey has emerged as one of the Eagles' best players this season and is in line to win the AFL's Rising Star award after a campaign in which he's averaged 20 possessions and booted 21 goals.

The 21-year-old later posted: "Back in perth after the 6 hour flight. Made even worse by sitting next to Nic nat and Hamsy the serial pests."

A West Coast spokesperson said Shuey has since been warned about posting potentially offensive comments.

"It's not appropriate and he has to understand it's not a private conversation (when he tweets)," the spokesperson said.

"He understands he made an error.

"It's part of the education.

"Ashton was actually sitting next to him (when he tweeted it).

"Hams is actually one of the most popular blokes in the squad. So there was nothing serious in it, just a poor choice in words.

"It (the tweet) was up for 40 minutes, but unfortunately that's 40 minutes too long."

Meanwhile, the Eagles received a dose of good news on Monday when star Collingwood midfielder Dale Thomas was handed a two-week suspension, ruling him out of the qualifying final against West Coast in a fortnight.

Thomas starred with 30 possessions and two goals in his team's 52-point win over West Coast in round 10, but will be unavailable for the re-match if he pleads guilty for his late bump on Fremantle's Garrick Ibbotson.

"It's good for us if that's the case," West Coast midfielder Adam Selwood said.

"He's a great player for them.

"I think the last time he played us, he showed us how good he actually is.

"And if we don't have to worry about Dale in two weeks that would be great."

Eagles midfielder Daniel Kerr (back) and forward Jack Darling (leg) are in line to return for Saturday's dead rubber against Adelaide at Patersons Stadium.

West Coast - wooden spooners last year - locked up fourth spot with their win over Brisbane, but Selwood said they wouldn't rest on their laurels just yet.

"That doesn't say next year's going to be a success. we've just got to make sure we make the most of our opportunities," he said.

"From where we've come from and where we got to, it's tremendous. But where we can go - we just don't where we can go."

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