The Western Bulldogs announced today that they have suspended Will Minson for one match as punishment for the slur he made against Port Adelaide’s Danyle Pearce on Sunday. Minson was forced to offer a formal apology to Pearce who has called Minson’s comments about his mopther ‘not acceptable’. In accordance with the AFL’s Respect and Responsibility Policy, Minson will also learn how to behave in a more respectful manner. Pearce has acknowledged the apology, but says that Minson’s future actions will mean more.

The Bulldog’s football manager James Fantasia will conduct a media conference on Minson’s behalf this afternoon and while Minson has shown remorse for his actions, the way the league and the Western Bulldogs Football Club have handled the incident is a clear indication that offensive comments, especially concerning women will not be tolerated now or in the future.

Minson previously came under fire in 2008 for inappropriate comments made to Port Adelaide’s Kane Cornes. Port Adelaide captain Dom Cassisi has praised the Western Bulldogs for the way it has dealt with the situation over the last few days.