Alastair Clarkson to delay North Melbourne start as AFL investigates Hawthorn racism allegations

North Melbourne says incoming coach Alastair Clarkson will delay the start of his tenure at the club while the AFL investigates allegations regarding Hawthorn’s treatment of First Nations players.

Clarkson — along with Brisbane Lions coach Chris Fagan and former Hawks player development manager Jason Burt — was named in an external review commissioned by Hawthorn into the treatment of First Nations players at the club.

The review document was handed to Hawthorn’s senior management two weeks ago and is now with the AFL integrity unit.

Clarkson coached Hawthorn from 2005 to 2021.

“The North Melbourne Football Club is aware of serious historical allegations made against individuals who worked at the Hawthorn Football Club, including incoming North Melbourne coach Alastair Clarkson,” a North Melbourne statement read.

“The issues raised are now with the AFL’s integrity unit and Alastair welcomes the opportunity to co-operate with any investigation relating to the claims.

“Alastair was due to commence work with North Melbourne on November 1, however he will delay the start of his tenure to allow time to fully participate in the investigation.

“Given the matters raised are confidential and the investigation is ongoing, the club will not provide any further comment at this time.”


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