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Fevola report not worth a call: Voss

By Laine Clark 24/08/2010 07:04:26 PM Comments (0)

The latest Brendan Fevola allegation didn't warrant a phone call to the troubled AFL star, according to Michael Voss - even though the Brisbane Lions coach admitted it would be "unacceptable" if it was true.

Voss said nothing was going to take his focus from the Lions' season finale against Sydney on Saturday night - but that may be easier said than done following the latest Fevola controversy.

Fevola was reportedly spotted entering a Melbourne nightclub last Saturday morning - not a good look considering he is recovering from season-ending groin surgery.

But Voss said he had decided to wait until Fevola returned to Brisbane on Tuesday before discussing it with the reigning Coleman Medallist.

"I don't think it (warrants) a telephone call," Voss said.

"You talk about football clubs being about people then it is something you should do face to face surely - (but) I haven't spoken to him yet."

Quizzed about the allegation on Fox Sports' On the Couch program on Monday night, Voss said: "I don't believe everything I read but (if it was true) that's unacceptable."

Lions skipper Jonathan Brown said ahead of Sunday's win over the Bombers that Fevola should concentrate on his 16-week rehabilitation from groin surgery "for his career's sake".

But Fevola had been desperate to spend time in Melbourne with his estranged wife, Alex, and three daughters.

Fevola, 29, kicked 48 goals in 17 games in his debut year for the Lions, an effort that Voss admitted did not deserve a "tick".

He appeared on Thursday night's The Footy Show appearing remorseful for his previous indiscretions and claiming that football was his outlet after overcoming a gambling addiction.

But the latest allegation has not yet warranted a conversation with the star forward, according to Voss.

"It (the allegation) was a game day issue and I clearly have other things that I am thinking about at that time (playing Essendon at Etihad Stadium)," Voss said on Tuesday.

"He has been away for a week. I have just got back from Melbourne, he arrives back today - if that (face to face meeting) needs to be done at that time then we will do that."

Fevola adds to the growing speculation swirling around the Lions as they round out their disappointing season.

Rumours abound regarding the future of Jared Brennan and Michael Rischitelli, after both were linked to new franchise the Gold Coast Suns.

Then there's the repercussions of their end-of-year review headed by Voss and CEO Michael Bowers while assisted by an as yet unnamed "household name in footy".

But Voss said: "At this point in time I am not going to sidetracked by speculation, rumour and innuendo.

"Our focus is clearly on Sydney - nothing is going to take it off at this point in time."

However, Voss believed the difficult times would only make his team stronger.

"There are three ways you grow relationships," he said.

"One is through adversity, one is through time ... and one is success, which is almost like the glue that binds you together.

"We have certainly experienced the adversity, and as a group I think we have come through pretty united."

Lions welfare development manager Craig Lambert on Tuesday said he would leave at the end of the season to spend more time with his family, ending 17 years at the club.

But Lambert stressed it had nothing to do with the club review.

"I know there has been a lot of speculation recently surrounding the club but my decision has been a long and arduous process," he said.

"I've been having discussions with my wife for the past six to eight months about whether we should stay involved."

After retiring in 2000 following 96 games in seven seasons, Lambert was retained as an assistant coach during their run of three straight flags before becoming involved in player welfare management.

"It's been one heck of a ride - particularly considering I thought I'd only be here for two years and then go back to Melbourne," he said.

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