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FREMANTLE coach Ross Lyon has described the sexual harassment allegations that surround his club as equal to the most challenging thing he has gone through in his life.
Speaking before the Dockers’ clash with St Kilda in Perth last night, Lyon compared his level of stress to that of his mother and sister passing away.
“(It’s been) an incredibly challenging time. As challenging as anything I’ve experienced in my life, clearly,” he said. “There’s (been) things on a personal front with my
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mother passing away and sister and those sorts of things.
“In a professional level, with my family, it has been incredibly difficult and challenging.”
Despite growing pressure, Lyon and the Dockers remain defiant that he will remain head coach of the club.
“It saddens me that my club has been caught up in this and myself,” Lyon, 51, said on Channel 7. “You know, there is a lot of feeling for a lot of people that have been swept up in
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this. We are working our way through it, at all times, with great respect where it needs to be given.
“For 22 years I have worked incredibly hard to advance in the system and earn respect. I am working hard to maintain that.”
This week the Herald Sun revealed Fremantle had referred a second complaint against Lyon to the AFL’s integrity unit about an alleged altercation involving the club’s senior coach at a bar in Fremantle some years ago.
Fremantle said on Friday the male person involved had advised the club he would not be taking any action over the allegation. The AFL confirmed it was not investigating any further complaint.
Lyon encouraged anyone who feels like they have been unfairly treated to speak up.
“We want everyone to have positive experiences. If you don’t, there are legitimate avenues to go through that should protect you and if not, the relevant authorities. We encourage that.”