Fremantle president Dale Alcock said he welcomed a re-examination of the Docker family’s indigenous history in the wake of the Hawthorne racism incident.
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Senior members of the club have been accused of trying to separate indigenous players from their families and partners, and there are also offensive allegations that players were forced by their partners to have abortions.
Alastair Clarkson and Chris Fagan have taken time off from their respective jobs in charge of North Melbourne and Brisbane to help investigate the allegations.
In a statement released by the Dockers on Thursday, Alcock said the club would welcome any move to improve Fremantle’s culture.
“Since its inception, Fremantle Football Club has had a continuing history of strong Indigenous representation, both on the men’s and women’s teams, as well as on the board and operations, which now include patrons of the club,” he said. Told.
“We are always looking for ways to improve this legacy and are open to looking back at the past in a more formal capacity to ensure that the exact truth of our history is communicated.”
That follows AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan this morning flagging the idea of indigenous representation at board level at all clubs.
“We need to keep talking about how we get the right representation so we can have a strong voice at all levels of the club,” he told ABC.
Both Fremantle and the West Coast have indigenous representation on their boards.
Colleen Hayward, Emeritus Professor and Noongar senior woman, joined Fremantle’s board of directors in 2017.
Yamaji’s legacy, former state treasurer Ben Wyatt, will join the Eagles’ board of directors in 2021.
McLachlan said having an Indigenous liaison officer at every club had a “huge impact”, but also an opportunity for the AFL to deliver better results.
Racism in Hawthorne: Fremantle dockers are open to looking back, says president Dale Alcock
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