Sydney Swans defender Michael Talia has been issued with his first strike under the AFL’s Illicit Drug Policy having escaped conviction and been handed a 12-month good behaviour bond after pleading guilty to drug possession in court on Thursday.
Under the AFL’s policy Talia received a suspended $5000 fine and is required to attend compulsory counselling and education programs.
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Police arrested and charged Talia last month after he was stopped outside a nightclub in Sydney’s eastern suburbs and found to be carrying cocaine.
The 23-year-old has been stood down from training and all club activities since the arrest in the early hours of Sunday, July 17.