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AFL football operations boss Simon Lethlean resigns on back of "inappropriate relationship"

AFL football operations boss Simon Lethlean resigns on back of

AFL executives Simon Lethlean and Richard Simkiss have been forced to resign following accusations of misconduct.

McLachlan said the AFL had been making meaningful strides forward in commitment to women in the game, and this was a situation that could not be taken lightly.

Fahour was banned from playing or officiating in any future football matches and resigned from the AFL following the tribunal hearing.

McLachlan said that the two men "had inappropriate relationships with two younger women who work in the AFL industry".

"The AFL that I want to lead is a professional organisation based on integrity, respect, care for each other and responsibility", he said.

AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan announced their departures on Friday, saying the pair had "inappropriate relationships with younger women that work in the AFL industry".

The resignations, handed to the CEO last night, are effective immediately, with legal counsel Andrew Dillon replacing Lethlean as acting GM and growth GM Darren Birch returning to the commercial position he previously held.

"I expect my managers to be role models and set a standard for the rest of the organisation". They are held to a higher standard. I want a diverse and inclusive culture where employees are treated respectfully, fairly and represented at all levels. "I think that's all you can ask for".

"The journey that we are on to a more equal and respectful workplace must be more than just two words. We have come along way".

Mr Mclaughlin said the AFL is a welcoming place for female employees.

Lethlean was appointed to his role in March this year as Mark Evans' replacement after serving several high-ranking roles with the league.



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