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Ex-Hawks AFL coach Alastair Clarkson reportedly told native player to let partner have abortion

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Ex-Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson was reportedly part of a group of senior staff accused of telling an Indigenous player to pressure his partner into ending her pregnancy, according to a report on a review commissioned by the club .

Staff members implicated in the allegations also include his former Clarkson assistant Chris Fagan, now the coach of the Brisbane Lions, according to the report. ABC.

The report claims that the incidents that will come to light in the review came during the club’s golden streak of success under Clarkson, when they won the 2008 grand final and three consecutive premierships from 2013-2015.

Clarkson (pictured with Luke Hodge celebrating Hawthorn’s 2014 premiership win) is said to have been part of a group of senior coaches who told an Indigenous player to have his partner abort their child and break up with her

The report also alleges that Clarkson's former assistant Chris Fagan - now coach of the Brisbane Lions - was a member of the group of senior Hawks figures who allegedly pushed the player to have his unborn child terminated.

The report also alleges that Clarkson’s former assistant Chris Fagan – now coach of the Brisbane Lions – was a member of the group of senior Hawks figures who allegedly pushed the player to have his unborn child terminated.

The report’s most damning claim is that a player who was “elated” by 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 give it up. to make.

Clarkson this afternoon refuted the allegations against him, saying he “looks forward to the opportunity to be heard as part of the AFL’s outside investigation.”

The 48-year-old, who recently signed a five-year contract with North Melbourne, has pushed back his November 1 start date in the wake of this latest development.

Fagan is devastated by the allegations, saying he had no knowledge of the alleged encounters put forward by players in the report, according to the Herald Sun.

On Wednesday, the Lions announced that Fagan is taking “leave” from the club so that he can “cooperate fully” with an independent investigation announced by the AFL.

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

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

“I was then manipulated and convinced to remove my SIM card from my phone so that there was no contact between my family and me.

“He told me to kill my unborn child.”

It is said that Ian’s partner Amy was in deep shock when she heard the news.

“He could barely pronounce the words and he seemed to be crying, and he was quick to tell us to end the pregnancy and end the relationship,” she said in the report.

Amy went on to claim that the club cut her off from Ian for the first five months of her pregnancy — preventing her from calling or texting him — which impacted his mental health.

An Indigenous player named only as 'Ian' has claimed that Clarkson (pictured) leaned over him and demanded that he 'put away' the unborn child he was expecting with his partner

An Indigenous player named only as ‘Ian’ has claimed that Clarkson (pictured) leaned over him and demanded that he ‘put away’ the unborn child he was expecting with his partner

“I will never forget that phone call or the heartbreak I felt at that moment. I was numb on the spot, completely numb from what I’d just heard Ian say.’

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

She went through with the termination and has not been able to forgive herself since.

“This is something sacred, the bond between mother and child, and Hawthorn wiped their feet all over,” she said.

“Hawthorn says it’s the family club, but they broke up ours.”

The Hawks also allegedly pressured other couples to split early in their pregnancy or shortly after the birth of their children, the report claims, with two of those families receiving mental health support from the AFL Players’ Association.

It is also alleged that the Hawks allegedly bullied First Nations players into choosing between their football careers and their families, forcing them to leave their homes so they could be relocated.

The incredible success Clarkson (pictured earlier this month) had with Hawthorn happened when the club bullied native players into severing ties with their loved ones to focus solely on football, it is alleged.

The incredible success Clarkson (pictured earlier this month) had with Hawthorn happened when the club bullied native players into severing ties with their loved ones to focus solely on football, it is alleged.

There are said to be coaches who pressured at least two young players to remove SIM cards from their phones in order to cut them off from their loved ones and force them to dedicate themselves fully to the team.

On Wednesday, AFL chief executive Gillon McLachan confirmed that the league will conduct an independent and external investigation into the allegations.

It will consist of a four-member panel led by a highly regarded counsel to the king, the composition of which will be made public on Thursday.

McLachlan described the ABC report as a “challenging, harrowing and disturbing read.”

“I recognize the pain, anger and grief of people who have shared their experiences and told their stories and everyone involved,” he said.

“I want to say to the women and the partners, as well as the players who have shared their stories, that our number one priority is with you, and that we are providing the care and support you need.

“You have been heard, and as a support and community we will do our best to put our arms around you.”

AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan (pictured) described the allegations in the report as 'challenging, harrowing and disturbing'

AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan (pictured) described the allegations in the report as ‘challenging, harrowing and disturbing’

Hawks players celebrate their win in the 2013 Grand Final - the team's second under Clarkson.  Daily Mail Australia does not claim that any of the players in the photo are in any way involved in the allegations uncovered by the club's external review

Hawks players celebrate their win in the 2013 Grand Final – the team’s second under Clarkson. Daily Mail Australia does not claim that any of the players in the photo are in any way involved in the allegations uncovered by the club’s external review

Victorian Sports Secretary Steve Dimopoulos described the allegations as “extremely serious” and the AFL Players’ Association has called for an independent, “wide-ranging” inquiry into the allegations

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

Earlier this year, the Hawthorn Football Club engaged outside First Nations advisers to work with current and former First Nations players and staff to learn more about their experience at the club.

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

“The club will continue to support those who have participated in this process, and their well-being remains our priority.

“While the trial indicated that the current environment at the club is culturally safe, it also recommended that some of the club’s current First Nations training and development programs continue to be strengthened.

“The club places the interest and well-being of our players and staff as our number one priority.

“As the matters raised are confidential, the club will not comment further at this time.”

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