Melbourne - Melbourne City has suspended its French star
Harry Novillo for two A-League matches and fined him following an investigation
into a domestic incident, the club said on Friday.
While the incident, which took place in the early morning of
Tuesday this week, has not resulted in criminal charges, the club said it had
found a significant breach of the requirements set out in the league's National
Code of Conduct.
The club said Novillo failed to uphold professional
standards off the field, failed to behave in a manner that promotes the highest
standards of integrity and failed to properly explain his absence from a club
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Melbourne City said it has applied the maximum sanction
available to it under the code of conduct and suspended Novillo for two matches
and fined him 50 percent of one week's wages.
Melbourne's The Age newspaper this week reported that
Novillo was placed in handcuffs and escorted by police from an inner city
apartment tower following an altercation with his partner.
No charges were laid against the 24-year-old after police
responded to a request from a 23-year-old woman, who was in a distressed state,
the newspaper said.For
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