Collingwood players in sexual assault probe


2010 AFL premiers. BUT 2 un-named players are in a sexual assault probe after grand final

The investigation centres around an alleged assault in the hours after Collingwood’s drought-breaking premiership win on Saturday

Police have confirmed a complaint was lodged with police yesterday morning, which is alleged to have occurred in South Melbourne.

No charges have been laid.

Both players voluntarily submitted to interviews.

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Several other players have been interviewed and more will be in the near future.

“It would be inappropriate to comment further,” a police spokeswoman said.

Collingwood management were in crisis talks this morning.

The premiership celebrations lasted until early in the morning for most Collingwood players, most drinking at upmarket nightclub Eve in City Rd.

Other team-mates, coaching staff, sponsors and supporters partied at a private gathering at Tonic bar at Crown on Saturday night.

The Collingwood Football Club has issued a statement following the allegations.

“The Collingwood Football Club can confirm that two of its players have made statements to police about an alleged incident reported to the police on Sunday,” it said.

“The club is leaving the investigation to the Victoria Police and as a result will make no public comment until it has established all the clear facts.

“The AFL has been advised and are also in communication with the Victoria Police.

“The club will not make further comment until the Victoria Police has finalised its investigation.”

The AFL’s general manager of football operations Adrian Anderson said both Collingwood and Victoria Police had informed the league about the complaint.

“You never like to see allegations of this nature,” he said.

“We take respect towards women, respectful behaviour towards women, extremely seriously, but at this stage it is an investigation, we don’t know what the facts are and we’ll have to wait until we know what they are before making further judgement on it.”

Mr Anderson said it would be “extremely disappointing” if the alleged assault overshadowed Collingwood’s first premiership win in 20 years.

“I think it’s important to bear in mind at this stage this is a matter under investigation, we don’t jump to any conclusions until the police have done their job,” he said.

The Collingwood Football Club has issued a statement following the allegations.

“The Collingwood Football Club can confirm that two of its players have made statements to police about an alleged incident reported to the police on Sunday,” it said.

“The club is leaving the investigation to the Victorian Police and as a result will make no public comment until it has established all the clear facts.

“The AFL has been advised and are also in communication with the Victorian Police.

“The club will not make further comment until the Victorian Police has finalised its investigation.”

The AFL’s general manager of football operations Adrian Anderson said both Collingwood and Victoria Police had informed the league about the complaint.

“You never like to see allegations of this nature,” he told reporters.

“We take respect towards women, respectful behaviour towards women, extremely seriously, but at this stage it is an investigation, we don’t know what the facts are and we’ll have to wait until we know what they are before making further judgment on it.”

Mr Anderson said it would be “extremely disappointing” if the alleged assault overshadowed Collingwood’s first premiership win in 20 years.

“I think it’s important to bear in mind at this stage this is a matter under investigation, we don’t jump to any conclusions until the police have done their job,” he said.

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