An off-field incident involving players and coaches at a Tasmanian football club has been referred to the AFL for investigation.
- Hobart Tigers players visited the hotel in early July, as part of a mid-season getaway
- Police confirmed they had been called over a disturbance at the pub
- AFL Says Case “Taken Seriously” As Club Undertakes Own Independent Investigation
The incident happened at the Great Lake Hotel in the Central Highlands region on July 10 and involved a small group of players, officials and at least one coach from Hobart Football Club, which plays in the Southern Football League .
In a statement, the SFL and AFL Tasmania said the altercation was a “police matter”, but it is understood that the incident was also referred to AFL headquarters.
“The matter is being taken seriously and all relevant information is being gathered,” said a spokesperson for AFL Tasmania.
Police confirmed to ABC that she attended the hotel on July 10.
“Police witnessed the incident that night when it was reported as a disturbance.” a police spokesperson said.
“No formal complaints have been received by the Tasmanian Police and we are not conducting any active investigation into this matter.”
Contacted by ABC, an official at the Great Lake Hotel declined to comment. It is not clear whether or not the hotel management will pursue the matter.
Hobart Tigers players were visiting the area as part of a mid-season getaway, permitted due to the postponement of this weekend’s games.
Tigers president Josh Munting said in a statement the allegations “did not relate to Hobart Football Club activity” but said he had appointed his own “independent investigator” to advise on the incident.
“It would be unfair of the parties involved to comment publicly on the matter while it is not resolved.”