Brisbane Lions manager Chris Fagan has denied “allegations of misconduct by me with respect to a First Nations player at Hawthorn Football Club”.
Hawthorn senior staff allegations The request to separate Indigenous players from their partners was detailed in an external review commissioned by Hawthorne and published by ABC on Wednesday.
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of The most vexing allegations center around one case mentioned in the report. A player claims newly signed North Melbourne coaches Alastair Clarkson and Fagan attended a meeting where they were told to expel their partner and unborn child and live with a member of the club’s staff.
Both of the pair were part of Hawthorn’s coaching staff throughout the club’s four-time premiership-winning era.
Fagan was with the club from 2008 to 2016, first as Head of Coaching and Development and since 2013 as General Manager of Football.
But Fagan broke his silence on Thursday and issued a statement AFL.com.au.
“I am shocked and deeply saddened by the allegations made in the media yesterday regarding my time spent at Hawthorne Football Club,” Fagan said.
“I categorically deny allegations of misconduct by me with respect to First Nations players at Hawthorn Football Club. has developed positive relationships with, in fact, players of various races and ethnic groups.
“I did not have the opportunity and did not participate in the review commissioned by Hawthorn Football Club. I was not interviewed. I have never filed a complaint requesting a response from you.
“I’m going to defend myself. I hope people will judge me based on what I actually do, not what’s written in the media. I support and welcome the investigation released by the AFL yesterday. I intend to participate fully in the investigation and look forward to hearing my views and ensuring due process and impartiality.
“In the meantime, as announced yesterday by the Brisbane Lions Football Club, the club and I have mutually agreed that I will be taking a leave of absence from the club.
“As this matter is currently under investigation, we have no further comment at this stage.”
The AFL Integrity Unit is currently investigating the allegations.
This comes after the Lyons announced that Fagan would be taking a leave of absence Wednesday.
“The Brisbane Lions are aware that senior coach Chris Fagan will cooperate with the AFL regarding an investigation into an alleged historic event at Hawthorne Football Club, where he was an employee,” the club said. statement said.
“Chris supports and welcomes the investigation. He was not consulted in the Hawthorne-sponsored review and looks forward to the opportunity to speak to him as part of the AFL’s investigation.
“Brisbane Lions and Chris have mutually agreed to take a leave of absence from the club so that he can fully cooperate with the investigation.
“As the matter now rests with the AFL Integrity Unit, the Brisbane Lions have no further comment at this stage.”
“Chris Fagan and those close to him were unsure if he actually attended the meeting and I believe Chris Fagan told the Brisbane Lions he did not remember.
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