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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Carlton Blues weigh up Alex Fasolo penalty for alcohol-induced Australia Day injury

Carlton officials were last night weighing up a possible sanction for Alex Fasolo after the WA forward admitted alcohol had played a part in the off-field incident that led to his broken arm and a delayed start to the season.
Fasolo, who joined the Blues as an unrestricted free agent in October, tripped and fell during a play-fight with friends while celebrating Australia Day on Saturday night.
The 26-year-old used his left arm to break the fall, sustaining a fractured radius in the process, and underwent surgery 24 hours later.
He will be out of action for up to eight weeks and will almost certainly miss the season opener against Richmond on March 21.
Carlton football boss Brad Lloyd yesterday said the club had completed its investigation but was yet to determine whether Fasolo would face a penalty.
“We’re still working through that,” Lloyd said.
“Alex was released from hospital (yesterday) morning, so we’ve had some conversations with him.
“But we’ll work through that as a leadership (group) from a management and playing point of view.
“Alex has just been released, so it’s just getting some detail together from a club point of view.
“(We will) get everyone in the same room and work through where we take things.
“From a sanction point of view, we want to use this as a real growth and learning experience for the whole football club.
“We’re a growing, developing list and this (is an) experience for all the players to learn from.
“We want to make sure that opportunity is not missed.”
Fasolo, originally from East Fremantle, played 101 matches for Collingwood in eight seasons but faced a long list of injury setbacks.
He took time out of the game while dealing with mental health issues in 2017 and managed only one senior match last year before seeking a fresh start at Carlton.
“I’m incredibly embarrassed by what has happened,” Fasolo said.
“I know the next few months ahead are all about doing everything I can to regain the respect of my teammates, coaches, members, supporters, and all those involved with the club.
“I certainly regret the incident that led to this injury, particularly since the club has been nothing but supportive of me since I came across last year.
“I’m now fully focused on my recovery and hope to be out on the track as soon as possible.”
Lloyd said the Blues would continue to support their player.
“There’s no doubt Alex made an error on Saturday night and he has certainly acknowledged that,” Lloyd said.
“We remain committed to supporting Alex, and he feels the remorse more than anyone.
“We also remain committed to the standards we hold ourselves accountable to, as part of being in an elite, professional sporting environment.
“We know Alex will use this as a driver to improve and win back the trust of all those who have worked closely with him since his arrival at the Blues last year.”