Fremantle Dockers issue statement on Ross Lyon

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The Fremantle Dockers have backed Ross Lyon as their senior coach.

President Dale Alcock has released the following statement:

“As a club we are fully committed to Ross as our senior coach and the recent media speculation does not in any way alter the board and the club’s commitment to Ross as senior coach of the Fremantle Dockers,” he said.

“Since joining the club in late 2011, Ross Lyon has clearly demonstrated that he is a very experienced, hard-working and committed senior coach and that continues to be the case today.

“Ross’ working relationship with his coaching team and playing group is outstanding and is reflected in the focused and cohesive way the players and coaches plan and prepare for every training session and every game.

“Ross is fully committed to our list rebuild and the ongoing development and growth of both our young and experienced players.

“Ross is also committed to and continues to demonstrate improvement and growth as a senior person at the club.”

The Dockers also responded to the Herald Sun’s reporting of a second incident involving Lyon.

“The Fremantle Football Club can confirm that a male person contacted the club last night and again today to advise that he would not be taking any action over an allegation reported by the Herald Sun yesterday about an alleged altercation involving the club’s senior coach at a bar in Fremantle some years ago,” the club said.

“The AFL has also confirmed that it is not investigating any complaint against Fremantle.

“Yesterday’s reporting by the Herald Sun of an alleged altercation is unrelated to a work place matter that was presented to the club via a WorkCover WA worker’s compensation claim form in late 2017, which contained allegations by a former employee about a current employee.

“This matter was subsequently worked through in consultation with all parties, including the AFL, and resolved with the agreement of all parties and also independently investigated by the AFL’s Integrity Services Unit in accordance with the league’s Respect and Responsibility Policy and at the request of the current employee and the club.

“No sanctions were imposed following the AFL investigation.

“Alcock said the club would welcome an independent investigation by the AFL of any complaint about Fremantle.”

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