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Hill suspended, loses leadership role

Fremantle speedster Brad Hill. (AAP Image/Joel Carrett)

FREMANTLE midfielder Brad Hill has been dumped from the club’s leadership group and banned for one AFL match after his recent run-in with police.

Hill, who crossed from Hawthorn to Fremantle at the end of 2016, was elevated to the Dockers’ leadership group on the eve of this season.

But he has been stripped of that title and ordered to undergo an alcohol education program after committing a series of breaches during a night out on May 6 in Scarborough.

He has also been fined $5000.

Hill was spoken to by police after jumping a barrier at a Scarborough nightspot to try to get into the venue.

He is being investigated for breaching a move-on notice, and for giving officers a false name.

Damningly, Hill didn’t tell the club about his run-in with police until a TV station contacted Fremantle a number of days later about the incident.

Hill also broke the team’s alcohol policy by drinking while injured.

There are also reports he had been drinking alcohol in public on at least one other previous occasion.

Fremantle football operations manager Chris Bond said he was disappointed with Hill’s choices and actions.

“As a member of the leadership group in a club, where more than a third of our list are young first and second year players, Bradley is required, without exception, to be at the forefront of upholding our values and behaviours at all times on and off the field,” Bond said.

“Clearly on this occasion, that was not the case and a significant sanction was required, which Bradley has accepted without question.

“Bradley is a young man who we hold in high regard and we are confident he will learn some valuable lessons from this and go on to be a better person and a better leader in the future.”

Michael Johnson, Brennan Cox, Luke Ryan and Harley Bennell are other Dockers players who have also been involved in alcohol-related misdemeanours over the past 18 months.

Hill has been sidelined since injuring his knee in round two.

The club initially expected Hill to miss only one or two weeks with bone bruising.

But Hill is struggling to overcome the injury, and no definitive timeline has been set for his return.

Hill enjoyed a standout debut campaign last year at the Dockers, winning the club’s best-and-fairest award.

He also has three flags to his name from his time at Hawthorn.

Hill’s off-field misdemeanour comes at a bad time for Fremantle, who are still dealing with the fallout of the sexual harassment storm that has engulfed coach Ross Lyon.

The club’s hierarchy have publicly backed Lyon, but the negative attention has severely damaged Fremantle’s brand.

Dockers chief executive Steve Rosich said the club’s staff were undertaking extra training on the AFL’s respect and responsibility policy.

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