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Australian Rules-AFL investigating treatment of past Indigenous players at Hawthorn

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MELBOURNE, Sept 21 (Reuters) – The Australian Football League (AFL) said it is investigating “extremely serious” allegations about the treatment of Indigenous former players at 13-times champions Hawthorn.

Citing an independent review commissioned by the club, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported that former Hawthorn staff are alleged to have demanded Indigenous players separate from their partners to focus on their careers.

One player said the club had left him “broken” after they pressured him and his partner to terminate a pregnancy for the sake of his career, the report said.

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The players were not idenitified in the ABC report.

Melbourne-based Hawthorn said in a statement on Wednesday that it had engaged the AFL’s integrity unit immediately after the…

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