AFL looking for leak in Hawthorn racism probe


The AFL is “asking questions” about who leaked contents of Hawthorn’s notorious First Nations welfare evaluation.

The unbiased panel set as much as examine claims of racism on the Hawks between 2008 and 2016 was disbanded final month as no antagonistic findings have been discovered towards Alastair Clarkson, Chris Fagan or Jason Burt.

Nevertheless, four-time Hawthorn premiership star Cyril Rioli has since revealed himself as one of many six complainants who’ve vowed to take their case to the Human Rights Fee.

When saying the top of the AFL’s official probe, outgoing league boss Gillon McLachlan’s anger about how the allegations first surfaced by way of an ABC report final September was seen.

“The events acknowledge that the way during which their allegations have been leaked to the media was not in any social gathering’s finest pursuits,” McLachlan learn out in an AFL assertion.

On Friday, McLachlan stated he was decided to resolve the leak.

After being shocked by the contents of Phil Egan’s Binmada report into the welfare of First Nations gamers, Hawthorn administration knowledgeable the AFL in regards to the claims.

Earlier than the AFL or Hawthorn may reply to the harrowing allegations, the ABC printed a report simply days earlier than final 12 months’s grand ultimate.

McLachlan stated he remained uncertain about who leaked the main points of the report however was “very actual” about looking for out.

“I’d actually wish to know as a result of I feel it’s a form of brought on a number of angst and a number of ache,” McLachlan advised 3AW.

“Yeah, we’re asking some questions.

“I feel it’d be a fairly implausible state of affairs, although, that the AFL would leak one thing like that.

“I feel the best way it leaked put everybody in a extra susceptible place – the complainants, the defendants, the membership, the league.”

Clarkson, Fagan and Burt have strenuously denied any wrongdoing in reference to the claims from the beginning.