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Alastair Clarkson told to RESIGN over Hawks scandal from Kangaroos; The Lions’ Chris Fagan resigns

Alastair Clarkson has been urged to retire from the Kangaroos amid “harrowing and disturbing” allegations about his tenure at Hawthorn.

It comes as current Lions coach Chris Fagan, who was Clarkson’s chief lieutenant at Hawthorn from 2008 to 2016 – a period the club won four Premierships – has temporarily resigned pending an independent inquiry.

The shocking allegations against Hawthorn were uncovered after the club commissioned an outside review of the racism allegations, which was presented to the AFL.

A former Hawthorn player claimed a group of senior figures at the club, including Clarkson, pressured him into getting his partner to terminate her pregnancy, according to an ABC report.

The player claimed the group – which he said included Clarkson’s then-assistant Fagan – also urged him to split from his partner and move into an assistant coach’s home, the report said.

The revelations have led to Clarkson being urged to step down from his role as head coach at the Kangaroos, just a month after the four-time Premiership mentor signed a whopping five-year deal, reportedly worth more than $5million, from the club.

“If that’s true, North Melbourne’s Alastair Clarkson should resign and never again hold a position in football,” wrote prominent football pundit Mark Robinson in the Herald Sun.

In a statement released Wednesday morning, Brisbane confirmed Fagan would step down temporarily pending the AFL’s independent investigation into the allegations.

“Chris supports and welcomes the investigation,” the statement said.

“He was not consulted during the Hawthorn-sponsored review and looks forward to the opportunity to be heard as part of the AFL investigation.

“The Brisbane Lions and Chris have agreed that he will take a leave of absence from the club so that he can fully cooperate with the investigation.”

Fagan was reportedly “devastated” and “taken aback” by the allegation, according to the Herald Sun.

The allegations could not be more serious and worrying.

A Hawks player, identified only as “Ian” in the report, made chilling allegations against the team’s senior coaches.

“Clarkson just bent over me and demanded that I get rid of my unborn child and my partner,” he claimed.

“I was then manipulated and persuaded to remove my SIM card from my phone so there would be no further contact between my family and myself.

“He told me to kill my unborn child.”

It is said that Ian’s partner, known only as Amy in the report, was deeply shocked when she heard the news.

“He could barely get the words out and he seemed to be crying, and he was quick to say we needed to terminate the pregnancy and end the relationship,” she said in the report.

Amy went on to claim the club separated her from Ian during the first five months of her pregnancy – so she couldn’t call or text him, which affected his mental health.

“I will never forget that phone call or the heartbreak I felt at that moment. I was frozen in place, stunned by what I had just heard from Ian.’

Amy claimed that when the couple became pregnant again six months after giving birth to their first child together, she felt she had to abort the baby due to pressure from the club and her desire “not to lose Ian again”.

She went through with the termination and hasn’t been able to forgive herself since.

“It’s a sacred thing, the bond between mother and child, and Hawthorn wiped their feet all over,” Amy claimed.

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