AFL suspends Port Adelaide’s Sam Powell-Pepper over drunken behaviour at city bar
Port Adelaide player Sam Powell-Pepper has been suspended for another week after the AFL found he inappropriately touched a woman at an Adelaide bar while he was drunk.
The 20-year-old initially received a one-game ban from the club’s leadership group for breaching curfew after the episode was made public, and missed the Power’s defeat to Essendon.
The incident occurred in the early hours of April 8, following the Power’s win over Brisbane.
Powell-Pepper also missed the Power’s clash with Geelong on Saturday, after ruling himself out as the AFL investigated the incident.
The league’s integrity unit has now concluded its probe, and has banned the midfielder from playing in this weekend’s game against North Melbourne.
“Powell-Pepper engaged in inappropriate behaviour that is unbecoming for an AFL player by being intoxicated in a public place and by making inappropriate contact with a female,” the league said.
“Taking into account Powell-Pepper has missed the last two Port Adelaide AFL matches in rounds four and five while the investigation was ongoing, Powell-Pepper will be suspended for a further one week.
“The AFL also note that it has made no other findings in this matter.”
In a statement on its website, the Power said Powell-Pepper had accepted the sanction.
“Port Adelaide acknowledges the conclusion to the AFL Integrity Department’s investigation into an incident involving Sam Powell-Pepper at an Adelaide bar,” it said.
However, Powell-Pepper is eligible to play for Port Adelaide Magpies in today’s SANFL grand final rematch against Sturt.
The club said it would respond to the AFL’s decision in more detail at a media conference tomorrow.
The incident is not the only recent controversy to have embroiled the club, after footage emerged of fans brawling during the Power’s 34-point loss to Geelong.