The AFL says it has contacted police about serious claims made against WA-born Sydney Swan Elijah Taylor.
Last night, the league said its integrity team was investigating allegations involving the young star.
This afternoon it released another statement saying it had now referred the matter to police.
“The AFL has been informed of allegations made on social media regarding a Sydney Swans player on Saturday night,” the statement said. “The allegations are extremely serious.
“The AFL has been in contact with local law enforcement and will continue to provide support and assistance for all.
“Due to the nature of the allegations the AFL will be providing no further comment at this time.”
Taylor, who has been staying with family in WA after he was suspended for the rest of the season following the Perth AFL hub quarantine breach scandal, has remained in hiding since the allegation emerged over the weekend.
A Sydney Swans spokesperson said last night the club was “aware of the allegations”.
“The allegations are very serious and are being treated as such,” the spokesperson said. “The club has notified the AFL and is not in a position to comment further at this time.”
Taylor’s girlfriend Lekahni Ms Pearce was caught in his Joondalup Resort room despite the rising star still being in quarantine lockdown.
It was reported Ms Pearce, who within hours of finishing her 14-day quarantine after flying into WA from New South Wales, made her way to the resort then sneaked into Taylor’s room after crossing the golf course and jumping two fences.
They were caught by a coach.
Taylor was suspended for the rest of the season and the club was fined $50,000, half of which was suspended.