AFL executives quit in affairs storm
Two senior executives at Australian rules football’s Australian Football League have resigned after admitting to having had "inappropriate relationships" with younger women from the industry.
Gillon McLachlan, chief executive of the AFL, said the pair - football operations manager Simon Leathlen and general manager of commercial Richard Simkiss - offered their resignations after taking responsibility for their mistakes, and those resignations had been accepted.
He added: "We are being clear about what we stand for as an organisation."
Lethlean's day-to-day responsibilities for the AFL competition will be taken over by general counsel Andrew Dillon on an interim basis, while commercial responsibilities will be assumed by the AFL's head of commercial operations Darren Birch.
McLachlan said he hopes the AFL's prompt action will show women who want to work in the league the direction the organisation is heading.
He continued: "[I] hope they look to today and look to an organisation that takes hard decisions and that it is an organisation they want to work for. The standards are there. Everyone knows what they are. People have made two significant mistakes and they have been held to account."
Just last week, AFL diversity manager Ali Fahour quit, having been banned from local football for life after receiving a 14-week suspension for striking.