AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan says he understands the debate over the lack of a no-fault stand down policy in the competition.
It comes as Sydney Swans young gun Elijah Taylor was stood down by the club on Tuesday after being charged with aggravated assault by West Australian Police.
Earlier this year, Collingwood star Jordan De Goey was charged over a sexual assault incident that is alleged to have taken placed in 2015.
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However, De Goey wasn’t stood down and was a match-winner for the club against Geelong just weeks after.
The debate about the AFL following the NRL’s lead on a no-fault policy has taken centre stage following Taylor’s indiscretion, with his ex-partner speaking out about an incident on Sunday morning.
Speaking on Fox Footy’s AFL 360, McLachlan explained there was plenty of discussions going on behind the scenes.
“We’ve got a strong respect and responsibility, we take the advice of the experts and the formulation of that and it gets reviewed annually,” he explained.
“The debate this week has been about no-fault stand down. That’s been debated in the past. Our policy is based on the complaint at the centre and we treat every case on its merits and they are all different.”
“After that it is difficult to say, but I understand the debate.
“It’s a debated position that we don’t have the policy and we treat every case on their facts. It’s a good and fair debate and I’m sure it will happen at the end of the year.”