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Bailey Smith of Western Bulldogs banned from AFL for two games for inappropriate behavior over drug photos

Western Bulldogs midfielder Bailey Smith has been banned for two games by the AFL for ‘improper behaviour’.

The move follows an AFL investigation following the emergence on social media of photos and video, as of late 2021, showing Smith at a party with a bag of white powder – the 21-year-old later admitted to using illegal substances.

The ban comes in addition to his existing two-game suspension for headbutting Zach Tuohy of Geelong, so Smith won’t be available for the Bulldogs until Round 18.

The AFL said in a statement that Smith would also not be available to play VFL games during the period of his suspension.

The Bulldogs accepted the length of the ban and issued a statement saying they would continue to support Smith’s welfare.

“Bailey has shown clear remorse and remorse in recent days and has spoken openly and maturely about his challenges,” Bulldogs chief executive Ameet Bains said in the statement.

“As we have stated, we do not condone the behavior in question and we are very disappointed that it has occurred.

“However, we are pleased that Bailey has accepted the unqualified responsibility for the mistake he made and that he intends to learn from it.

“We will continue to strongly support Bailey during this difficult time. Our primary responsibility to him and to all our players is to ensure that their health and well-being are safeguarded.”

More to come.

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