Atkin­son among four sus­pended Oly­roos

Mercury (Hobart) - - SPORT - ANNA HAR­RING­TON (AAP)

TAS­MA­NIAN Nathaniel Atkin­son and fel­low Oly­roos squad mem­bers Lach­lan Wales and Bran­don Wilson will not fea­ture in a po­ten­tial Olympics cam­paign next year while ris­ing star Ri­ley McGree will play no fur­ther part in the Oly­roos’ qual­i­fiers af­ter they were sus­pended for “un­pro­fes­sional con­duct” in­volv­ing a woman.

In April this year, a woman com­plained about the quar­tet — who were in Cam­bo­dia with the Oly­roos for the AFC U-23 cham­pi­onship qual­i­fy­ing tour­na­ment — lead­ing to a lengthy FFA in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

McGree has been banned from in­ter­na­tional duty un­til April 1 next year while Wales, Atkin­son and Wilson were hit with longer bans through to Au­gust 10, mean­ing that trio can­not be se­lected for the Tokyo Olympics.

All four play­ers will also be sus­pended for Jan­uary’s AFC un­der-23 cham­pi­onships, the qual­i­fy­ing tour­na­ment for the Olympics. McGree will now be in­el­i­gi­ble for Soc­ceroos con­sid­er­a­tion, in­clud­ing for World Cup qual­i­fiers against Nepal and Kuwait in March.

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