Adelaide forward Taylor Walker did not attend training at Adelaide Oval on Thursday as conversations continue to take place as to whether the 31-year-old should play in the Showdown scheduled for Saturday night.
The club said that Walker had the morning off as the AFL and the club continued to work through the process established under rule 35 to deal with allegations of racial vilification.
Sources indicated they were hopeful a conclusion to the matter could be reached within the next 24 hours, however Crows assistant coach Nathan van Berlo told the media on Thursday he could not comment as he was bound by the rules around confidentiality that apply to club staff, players and AFL officials.
“I understand there’s a really high level of interest in the football club at the moment, but I hope you can understand and appreciate that I’m not in a position to make any comment this morning,” van Berlo said.
“[It’s a] highly sensitive and highly confidential matter for the time being.”
The Age revealed on Wednesday that Walker, a former Crows captain, was the subject of an AFL investigation after he allegedly used a racial slur when making reference to opposition player Robbie Young when at the quarter-time huddle of the Adelaide v North Adelaide SANFL game at Prospect Oval on July 17.
A Crows official reported Walker’s alleged comment to the club before the matter was referred to the AFL integrity unit.
Young, who had a stint at St Kilda in 2019, had not heard the comment but his football club was informed on Tuesday that an investigation was underway.