MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 16: Heritier Lumumba and Jimmy Toumpas of the Demons look dejected as they leave the field after losing the round seven AFL match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Melbourne Demons at Melbourne Cricket Ground on May 16, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Melbourne is fully supportive of Heritier Lumumba despite an overseas paperwork mishap forcing the defender to miss four days of training.

Lumumba was holidaying in the Democratic Republic of Congo in west Africa when a misunderstanding over his paperwork to enter the country forced him to relocated to Kenya while it was being resolved.

Once the matter was sorted, the 29-year-old returned to the Congo where he finished his holiday over the Christmas break.

“The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade provided advice in accordance with the Consular Services Charter to an Australian man who presented at the Australian High Commission in Kenya. Due to privacy obligations, we are not be able to provide further comment,” a DFAT spokesperson told



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