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Ex-Hawks AFL coach Alastair Clarkson reportedly told the Indigenous player to force his partner to have an abortion

Ex-Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson was part of a group of senior officials who allegedly ordered an Indigenous player to pressure her partner to terminate her pregnancy and went to great lengths to separate the First Nations stars from their loved ones, like conducts a club-commissioned review Will uncover.

Staff involved in the allegations include Clarkson’s former assistant Chris Fagan, now coach of the Brisbane Lions, according to a report by the ABC.

The report claims the incidents happened during the club’s golden streak under Clarkson, winning the grand final in 2008 and three consecutive Premierships from 2013 to 2015.

The most damning claim in the report is that a player who was “delighted” at the news of his partner’s pregnancy was urged by a group of coaches, including Clarkson and Fagan, to tell her to abort the child and break up with her.

“Clarkson just bent over me and demanded that I get rid of my unborn child and my partner,” claimed the player, who is only referred to as “Ian” in the report.

“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 claimed that Ian’s partner Amy was left in deep shock 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.

“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.’

The review was brought to Hawthorn’s management two weeks ago and the club released the following statement on Wednesday morning.

“Earlier this year, Hawthorn Football Club commissioned outside First Nations advisors to reach out to current and former First Nations players and staff to learn more about their experiences at the club.

“This important work has raised disturbing historical claims that warrant further investigation. Upon learning of these allegations, the club immediately engaged AFL Integrity, as is appropriate.’


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