Will Minson (front) of the Bulldogs is challenged by Nic Naitanui of the Eagles during an AFL match. Minson will miss the team's next game against the Lions.
Will Minson (front) of the Bulldogs is challenged by Nic Naitanui of the Eagles during an AFL match. Minson will miss the team's next game against the Lions. Robert Cianflone - Getty Images

Ban for insulting language

WESTERN Bulldogs ruckman Will Minson will miss Saturday's match against the Brisbane Lions at the MCG after being suspended by his club for using insulting language to Port Adelaide's Danyle Pearce.

Speaking publicly about the incident yesterday, Minson would not reveal what he said, but accepted his comments, believed to be about Pearce's mother, were totally inappropriate.

"I sincerely apologise for my comments. I regret they have caused hurt and offense to Danyle, his family and the Port Adelaide Football Club," Minson said. "I realise there are no excuses for my behaviour and I accept the sanction given to me by the club".

AFL general manager football operations, Adrian Anderson, commended the Western Bulldogs for taking strong action and said Minson would take part in a compulsory education session around the game's Respect and Responsibility Policy.


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