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Sydney Swans star who snuck girlfriend into the AFL's quarantine hub sacked after he assaulted her

Promising AFL star Elijah Taylor has been sacked by the Sydney Swans, two months after he was stood down over assaulting his ex-girlfriend.

The Perth-raised star is due to be sentenced this week after he pleaded guilty to assaulting ex-girlfriend Lekahni Pearce.

'The situation Elijah and the club has found itself in is deeply regrettable. Elijah has made some very poor decisions which have led us to this point, and he acknowledges that,' Swans football general manager Charlie Gardiner said in a statement.

'This is certainly not a position we have arrived at lightly, however Elijah's actions could not be reconciled.

'It is obviously a sensitive situation and a legal process is still to play out, but in working with Elijah and his management, our collective view was that the right call for both Elijah and the club is to part ways. We have also consulted with the AFLPA and appreciate the support James Gallagher and his team has provided during the process.

'This has been an incredibly difficult situation for Elijah, his family, and those involved. We are keen to see Elijah receive ongoing education and support in the hope that he can mature and learn from this experience, make better decisions in the future, and take steps towards rebuilding his career.'

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