Fremantle Dockers apologise for ‘stress, duress’ caused by Ross Lyon sexual misconduct saga

The club hit the headlines after Lyon was named as a senior club official subject to a sexual harassment complaint by a former employee.

The Dockers then received a second, seperate complaint against Lyon which was referred to the AFL’s integrity unit.

Dockers chairman Dale Alcock said the man involved in that case had since withdrawn his complaint.

The club had been under increasing pressure to address the complaints,  with major sponsors Woodside and Programmed issuing a ‘please explain’ to the club on Thursday.

“I apologise to our former employee who is the subject of the matter currently in the media,” Mr Alcock said.

“I’m sorry for the stress and duress this matter, and subsequent media attention, has caused her and the people closest to her.”

Mr Alcock said the club had not considered removing Lyon from his role as senior coach during the scandal.

“Ross is our coach, and I answered the question before, whether we had contemplated any change to that, and my answer is no,” he said.

“We are committed to Ross.”

‘I never questioned my coaching’

Lyon said he had not considered stepping down from his role at the club during the ordeal.

“For everyone involved, and for everyone who has been drawn in, it’s a really difficult situation,” Lyon said.

“At no stage have I questioned my coaching or my commitment to this club.

“Fremantle has been amazing to me. I think I’ve paid that back in spades.”

Lyon refused to be drawn on whether more cases could come to light.

“I can’t extrapolate out into the future, and I don’t think it’s appropriate,” he said.

“I’ve coached for 22 years, 12 years as a senior coach, and I stand by my record.”

The Dockers coach said he had “no fears” about investigations into his conduct, and encouraged anyone with other issues to go to the proper authorities.

Sponsors ‘satisfied’ with club process

Dockers chief executive Steve Rosich said he had been in regular contact with the club’s major sponsors during the ordeal, and they were satisfied with how the club had handled the matter.

“I have been in regular contact with key sponsors as you would on any matter that involves the club,” he said.

“They will be kept fully informed and have been.”

The club would not provide any further details of the settlement reached with the original complainant, citing the confidentiality agreement in place.

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