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Former Hawthorn football star Cyril Rioli

Human Rights Commission Throws Out Racism Claim Against Hawks

The Australian Human Rights Commission has terminated a racism complaint lodged by First Nations former Hawthorn players against the club after both parties failed to reach an agreement.

The former players claimed they experienced racism while playing at the club, and the club refused to admit to racism despite being open to a settlement.

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An AFL investigation into alleged mistreatment last year made no findings against former Hawks coaches Alastair Clarkson, Chris Fagan, or ex-welfare manager Jason Burt.

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“The saga is far from over,” says Victoria Briefing presenter Celeste Mitsiou.

The claimants, including former Hawks star Cyril Rioli, have been given sixty days to take the case to the federal court.

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