Hawthorn Hawks racism review, 2022 news, Chris Fagan steps down as Brisbane Lions coach reportedly

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Brisbane has announced that head coach Chris Fagan will be on leave as he cooperates with an investigation into explosive reports about his time at Hawthorn.

Fagan was one of three former Hawks employees — alongside four-time premiership-winning coach Alastair Clarkson and former development officer Jason Burt — named in an ABC report alleging several Aboriginal players were severely assaulted while on contract with the Hawks. .

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Fagan has since left Hawthorn and now coaches the Lions.

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

“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.”

At the time of the alleged incidents, Fagan was the general manager of football, while Clarkson was a senior coach with the Hawks.

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Fagan has been the head coach of the Lions since 2017.

The AFL has now launched an investigation into the allegations.

“These are serious allegations, and it is important that we deal with them appropriately, while also ensuring that the formal trial provides support to those affected and also natural justice to those accused,” AFL boss Gil said. McLachlan to the media on Wednesday.

“I’ve had talks with clubs this morning, representatives of the accused, and I have a feeling that the way they will approach this impending investigation will be clear today.”

Clarkson is no longer the coach of the Hawks, but has been signed to coach North Melbourne from November.

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