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Saints could go to mediation with Lovett

By Roger Vaughan 05/03/2010 09:12:04 PM Comments (0)

St Kilda could still end up in mediation with Andrew Lovett, despite the AFL club angering his legal team by missing a scheduled meeting.

After winning an appeal last week to go through the league's grievance process, the sacked midfielder and his management were scheduled to meet on Thursday with the Saints.

But the meeting did not go ahead, prompting an angry reaction from Lovett's legal team.

The Saints then issued a carefully-worded media release on Friday, saying mediation could be the solution to Lovett's dispute with the club.

"The club believes that a mediation process could be an appropriate course of action to most efficiently resolve the issues between the parties," the Saints said.

Lovett started a grievance process because the Saints suspended him indefinitely on Christmas Eve, soon after it emerged he was under police investigation.

He was sacked earlier this month, a day after he was charged with rape, but the Saints did not give the charge as a reason for his dismissal.

Once they sacked Lovett, the Saints said the AFL grievance process no longer applied to him.

The grievance tribunal last week ruled that Lovett could go through the process with the club.

The Saints say they did not attend Thursday's meeting because they are still awaiting the written reasons from the tribunal for the judgment last week, due by March 5.

"On that same night last week, the club stated (publicly) that a decision regarding its next steps would be made after having the benefit of reading the Tribunal's written reasons," the club said.

"As these are yet to be received, St Kilda's position has not changed."

An AFL spokesman said on Friday that the league was "currently evaluating our position" after the Saints did not attend Thursday's meeting.

The Saints also said that they and Lovett's team had agreed on a Friday meeting, but it was also called off.

"The AFL yesterday held discussions with St Kilda wherein the Cub has confirmed it would participate in an independent mediation process in order to resolve the outstanding issues," the Saints said.

"Lovett's management advised St Kilda that in view of the discussions with the AFL regarding a potential mediation process, the meeting arranged for today (Friday) was not required and should not go ahead."

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