Atkinson among four suspended Olyroos
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.