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Crows forward Stengle stood down as club investigates "off-field matter"


Young Crows forward Tyson Stengle’s AFL future is in the balance after the club today stood him down from all duties amid his third off-field controversy this year.

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The Adelaide Football Club is investigating the circumstances surrounding images provided to it yesterday that are understood to depict Stengle.

In a statement today, the club said it was “aware of an off-field matter involving young forward Tyson Stengle who has been stood down from all club duties effective immediately as the club ascertains all relevant details on the situation”.

“The club is working closely with the AFL and AFL Players Association, as well as Stengle’s management in relation to this matter,” the statement said.

“While the club acknowledges there will be significant media and public interest, it is not in a position to make further comment at this stage [but] more information will be provided as soon as possible.”

Stengle – traded to Adelaide from Richmond after the 2018 season – has been in hot water twice already this season, but signed a contract extension in August that would see him in Crows colours until the end of the 2022 season.

In April, the Crows banned him for four AFL games after he was caught drink-driving.

At the 22-year-old’s court hearing in October, Stengle also admitted he had been driving an unregistered car while his licence was suspended.

He blew 0.125 in a blood alcohol test and was eventually fined $1600.

His court appearance in late October came a month after he and then-teammate Brad Crouch were caught with illicit drugs and suspended by the AFL.

Stengle was again banned four games and Crouch was suspended for two games when the AFL found the pair guilty of “conduct unbecoming” after an investigation into the September incident.

The pair were caught by police with an illicit substance in Adelaide’s central business district at 5.15am on September 28.

Stengle and Crouch, who left for St Kilda at the end of the season, were ordered to attend a drug and alcohol education course but police didn’t charge the duo, instead referring them to counselling under a drug diversion program.

Today’s drama comes just hours after the Crows revealed emerging defender Josh Worrell was stopped by police while driving in Adelaide’s western suburbs on Sunday morning.

He had stayed overnight at a teammate’s house before driving home.

Worrell, who holds a probationary driver’s licence, will be issued with an expiation notice for using his mobile phone while driving, as well as blowing a blood alcohol reading of 0.056.

Crows Head of Football Adam Kelly said while the Worrell matter was a police issue, the club would consider enforcing its own sanction, adding: “Josh is disappointed and rightfully so as this behaviour is clearly a breach of our standards and those of the community.”

The two indiscretions – particularly Stengle’s latest alleged misstep – have dismayed club insiders, coming just days after the Crows welcomed several young players, including number 2 pick Riley Thilthorpe, via last week’s AFL Draft.

-Additional reporting by AAP

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