Football Club has concluded its internal investigation in relation
to the decision by Victoria Police to arrest and charge Mathew Stokes
with possessing and trafficking an amount of cocaine on 3 February
sanctions have been determined under the AFL players code of
conduct. Matters relating to the AFLs drug codes and the police
charges are the responsibility of other authorities, namely the AFL
and the legal system.
sanctions imposed on Mathew Stokes are:
has been suspended from consideration for selection in the clubs
AFL team until round 8, 2010. The suspension will be served in the
From today until
round 1 of the AFL season, Mathew Stokes can train at the club only
when no other players are present.
From round 1 -
round 4 of the AFL season, Mathew Stokes can train with the clubs
VFL listed players only.
From round 5-
round 7 of the AFL season, Mathew Stokes can train with the VFL squad
and will be eligible to play in the VFL.
From round 8,
Mathew Stokes will be eligible to train with the full squad and for
selection in the clubs AFL team.
will be fined $5,000, the maximum sanction under the AFL players
code of conduct.
Between now and
round 4 of the AFL season, Mathew Stokes is to find full time employment
and conduct any training out of working hours.
is to establish a relationship with a drug related community program
and assist with that program on an on-going basis.
met with the clubs player leadership group (PLG) last Thursday.
The PLG considered a variety of sanctions and recommended the foregoing
to the CEO. Following discussion with the clubs board and the
AFL, the club accepted the recommendation of the PLG and advised Mathew
Stokes of the penalties.
do not speak to Mathew Stokes guilt or innocence on the charges issued
by the Victoria Police on Wednesday, and will stand regardless of
the outcome of those charges.
The penalty does
not take into account any possible action under the anti-doping code,
as the club does not have jurisdiction in this area.
has personally retained Mark Dean SC to act on his behalf in relation
to the legal proceedings and as the matter is before the courts, the
Geelong Football Club will not be making any further comment about
this subject until such time as it is concluded.