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AFL moots sexual misconduct tribunal

By Roger Vaughan 15/12/2004 07:34:20 PM Comments (0)

The AFL is considering the formation of sexual misconduct tribunal as part of a far-reaching discussion paper covering sexual assault, harassment and misconduct.

The 12-page paper was sent to clubs, various state and federal ministers, the players' association and community groups.

The league also trialled an education program with a group of Western Bulldogs players last month and plans to introduce it to all clubs next year.

These measures follow the public relations battering the AFL and the NRL took earlier this year over sexual assault allegations.

"If they (clubs) weren't aware of it, the focus on the issue both in our competition and in other competitions earlier this year certainly got everyone's attention," said senior AFL official Tony Peek.

"It's probably a bit of a change in attitude in some quarters, not all.

"It's also about...reinforcing some fairly fundamental messages about respectful behaviour."

The controversy started in March when St Kilda players Stephen Milne and Leigh Montagna were accused of rape by two women and interviewed by police.

They were eventually cleared - and were not charged - but a flood of allegations from women against other AFL players followed.

The clubs and other interested groups will have until February 11 to respond to the discussion paper.

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