By Zoe Zaczek and Jackson Barron For Daily Mail Australia and Aap
Published: 23:55 BST, 28 September 2020 | Updated: 23:55 BST, 28 September 2020
AFL star Harley Bennell has been rushed to hospital following a night out on the Gold Coast - just hours after he announced his retirement in the wake of a COVID-19 breach.
The Melbourne Demons player was ordered to leave Queensland after breaking the club bubble to visit an 'unapproved premises' in Maroochydore on September 19.
The 27-year-old retired after the incident on Monday, while the Demons were fined $50,000.
Despite his orders from the AFL, Bennell remained on the Gold Coast with friends while the Demons have been trying to organise his flight home to Perth.
Bennell was reportedly taken to hospital on Monday night after police were called to the Aria building at Broadbeach following reports of a disturbance at about 8pm.
Sources told The Courier-Mail the AFL player was heavily intoxicated and officers decided to call an ambulance.
AFL star Harley Bennell (pictured with girlfriend Amy Crellin) remains in Queensland despite being told to leave by the AFL
Bennell's partner and child already left the state in the days after his breach.
Melbourne CEO Gary Pert said Bennell's actions were selfish and a 'clear breach' of the AFL's COVID-19 protocols.
'He has made a very poor decision, which is incredibly disappointing,' Pert said.
'He has not only put himself, his teammates