Brisbane Lions coach Chris Fagan denies he was at a gathering the place a Hawthorn participant was requested to have his associate’s being pregnant terminated, in line with main journalist Caroline Wilson.
The teaching careers of each Fagan and Alastair Clarkson are “hanging in the balance” within the wake of historic allegations of mistreatment of First Nations gamers at Hawthorn.
The AFL will set up an impartial panel to analyze the claims, which chief govt Gillon McLachlan described as “harrowing”.
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Clarkson was the pinnacle coach of the Hawks on the time, whereas Fagan was a senior member of workers.
A report revealed by the ABC contains an accusation from one participant, given the pseudonym “Ian”, the place he claims he was inspired by the membership to have his associate’s being pregnant terminated, and to go away his associate and transfer in with an assistant coach.
It is alleged each Clarkson and Fagan have been at that assembly.
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“Chris Fagan and people close to him are not sure that Chris Fagan was actually at the meeting, and I think Chris Fagan has told the Brisbane Lions that he doesn’t recall it, that he wasn’t at that meeting” Wilson stated on 9’s Footy Labeled.
“The truth will come out, so obviously there are different versions of events.”
Clarkson’s begin date with North Melbourne has been delayed, whereas Fagan has stepped apart as Brisbane coach till the investigation is finalised.
AFL commissioner Andrew Newbold has additionally taken a go away of absence. He was the Hawthorn president from 2012-2016.
“We see two coaching careers, great coaching careers, hanging in the balance, and an AFL commissioner’s future hanging in the balance,” Wilson stated.
“If these allegations are proven, Alastair Clarkson and Chris Fagan will not coach again.”
Throughout the interval lined by the accusations, Hawthorn gained three straight premierships in 2013-14-15, simply the second membership to attain that feat since 1960. Clarkson additionally took the Hawks to the 2008 title.
“Both these men (were) part of that great (era), three premierships in a row, one a few years earlier that Alastair Clarkson was also involved in, they’ve been tainted in my view,” Wilson stated.
In keeping with Wilson, the AFL will announce the four-person panel on both Thursday or Friday. It would embody two girls and two indigenous representatives, with Gillon McLachlan confirming on Wednesday it will comprise the “right mix of diversity”.
“They’ve (AFL) learnt their lesson from the Adelaide camp review where basically a group of indigenous players including Karl Amon, Steven May and Shaun Burgoyne spoke to Gillon McLachlan about the fact that those Adelaide players were really being reviewed by white ex-cops,” she stated.
“That will change. The hope is the investigation into these allegations will be completed within two months.”
In an announcement issued on Wednesday by the Brisbane Lions, Fagan welcomed the investigation.
”He was not consulted during the Hawthorn sponsored review and looks forward to the opportunity to be heard as part of the AFL investigation,” it stated.
In the meantime, in a separate assertion, Clarkson stated he was “shocked” by the claims.
“I was not interviewed by the authors of the report commissioned by the club, and nor have I been provided with a copy of the report,” he stated.
“I was not afforded any due process and I refute any allegation of wrongdoing or misconduct and look forward to the opportunity to be heard as part of the AFL external investigation.”
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