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Bennell has car impounded by WA police

AAP logoAAP 8/12/2016 By Justin Chadwick and Paul Johnson

Fremantle ruckman Aaron Sandilands insists there's no player culture crisis at the AFL club despite Harley Bennell becoming the latest Docker to fall foul of the law.

Bennell's car was impounded earlier this week by police who caught him driving without a licence.

West Australian media reports indicate Bennell was stopped on Tuesday for a routine check, and was informed his licence had been suspended from November 30 for loss of demerit points.

Bennell told the club he was not aware of the loss of his licence because he had changed address recently.

The incident is just the latest in a string of issues for Bennell, who will fly to Germany this week for treatment on his troublesome calf.

Bennell's brush with the law comes just days after revelations that forward Shane Yarran was on indefinite personal leave from the club after being charged with unlawful wounding over an incident in 2015.

Yarran had also landed in hot water in November when he was charged with aggravated common assault over an alleged incident that involved a family member.

The 27-year-old faces the prospect of being sacked by the club.

Veteran defender Michael Johnson also faces a nervous wait after being charged by police with assault over a bizarre incident in November in a kebab shop.

A Bunbury school teacher claimed he was struck by Johnson shortly after filming the All-Australian with his pants allegedly around his ankles.

The off-field dramas have the potential to derail Fremantle's 2017 campaign before it even starts.

But Sandilands insists it won't have an impact on their on-field fortunes, and that the culture of the club remains strong.

"We've had a really strong culture over a long period of time," Sandilands said on Friday.

"We've had a couple of hiccups. But we're not distracted.

"We're training really strong and really well. We're keen to improve because we know we weren't good enough last year."

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