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Sunday Herald Sun - - Sport -

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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.”

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