Swans youngster Elijah Taylor questioned by police for five hours

Sydney Swans youngster Elijah Taylor has been questioned by police a week after allegations of assault were made against him by his ex-girlfriend.

Taylor was arrested by Western Australia police on Sunday and spent more than five hours with detectives at Cannington Police Station before being released later that night.

Elijah Taylor after Sydney’s round eight win over Hawthorn.Credit:Getty Images

The AFL said at the time it had been in contact with law enforcement authorities. A spokesperson for the league on Monday said it was awaiting further updates on the situation before providing any comment.

The incident in question is believed to have taken place in Sydney, not Perth where Taylor has been staying with family and friends since his suspension for the rest of the season as punishment for breaking COVID-19 protocols.

NSW Police has been contacted for comment.

The Swans said last week the club had offered support to both Taylor and Pearce, and chief executive Tom Harley described the situation as "very complex" and the allegations as "extremely serious."

Taylor and Pearce were sprung breaking AFL and WA Government protocols last month after the woman entered Sydney's hub accommodation at the Joondalup Resort, where players were supposed to be serving a mandatory 14-day stint in quarantine. The couple later split up.

The Swans were fined $50,000 – half of it suspended – while Taylor was rubbed out for the year, with the club deciding it was best for his welfare to stay in Perth with family rather than stay with the team as it completes its AFL commitments in Queensland.

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