SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 20: Michael Talia of the Swans in action during the 2016 NAB Challenge AFL match between the Sydney Swans and Port Adelaide Power at Blacktown International Sportspark on February 20, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

AFL statement on Talia investigation

The AFL has released a statement on the investigation into the leaking of game sensitive information involving the Talia’s brothers.

Current Swan and former Bulldog, Michael Talia, was accused of sharing game plan information with brother and Crows’ player, Daniel, prior to Adelaide’s win over the Western Bulldogs in the elimination final last year.

Both players were cleared of any wrong doing following a league investigation.

However, News Limited published a submission on Monday, from the Bulldogs to the AFL, claiming the Dogs had more evidence Talia had in fact leaked part of the team’s game-plan to his brother.

But the AFL has defended its investigation into the incident, releasing the following statement on Monday afternoon.

“The Australian Football League (AFL) stands by the investigation conducted in the 2015 post-season period and its decision and notes that the Western Bulldogs have accepted the outcome,” the statement said.

“In this matter, the AFL received numerous submissions and conducted a broad range of interviews. The documents made public today are only one side of the story, and their publication is unfair to all parties involved.”

“The AFL reiterates that the Western Bulldogs acted appropriately in reporting the matter. Furthermore, robust submissions and exchange of views are important parts of the process and the proper functioning of the competition’s integrity.”

Talia joined the Swans from the Bulldogs at the end of last season.