Brisbane Lions coach Chris Fagan denies wrongdoing over Hawthorn allegations

Brisbane Lions coach Chris Fagan says he is “shocked and deeply distressed” by claims made about Hawthorn’s treatment of First Nations players.

Key points:

  • Fagan says he intends to defend himself
  • He has taken leave of absence as Lions coach
  • Alastair Clarkson has refuted “any allegation of wrongdoing or misconduct”

An external review instigated by Hawthorn into the treatment of First Nations players at the club was forwarded to the AFL two weeks ago. It resulted in yesterday’s announcement by the league of the establishment of an independent panel to investigate allegations.

Fagan and former Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson were named in the review, which is understood to detail allegations by several former players that they were pressured by the club to separate themselves from partners and families.

The review document was handed to Hawthorn’s senior management two weeks ago and is now with the AFL integrity unit.

Author: Ivan Robinson