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Harley Bennell kicked off Virgin flight

Harley Bennell has been kicked off a Virgin flight on Saturday.

Shortly after boarding the Gold Coast flight, Bennell was asked to disembark by Virgin staff, who believed he was affected by alcohol.  

?The 24-year-old, who flew from Perth to Melbourne on Saturday, told club officials that he had consumed alcohol the previous day and on the flight to Melbourne.

Bennell cooperated with airline staff and returned to the Virgin Lounge.

Fremantle general manager of football Chris Bond said the club was disappointed with the situation Bennell had placed himself in.

‘We are disappointed that Harley consumed alcohol to the extent that airline staff felt he was unfit to take the flight,’ Bond said.

‘In the meantime, as a club it is important that we continue to support and provide guidance to Harley on how best to cope with the frustration and disappointment of not playing football.’

Bennell has been on club approved leave since Friday after a string of calf injuries.