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Author of Hawthorn review says alleged mistreatment of Indigenous players ‘like a nightmare’

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The author of a damaging review into Hawthorn Football Club that contained allegations of serious mistreatment of First Nations former players has described the findings as “like a nightmare”.

The club engaged consultant Phil Egan, a former Richmond player, to conduct an external review of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s experiences with the Hawks.

The review will not be publicly released but the ABC has reported some of its findings. According to the ABC, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander players were separated from their families.

One former player said he was told to “get rid of” his unborn child, leave his partner, move house and change his number. Another player said he was also told to end a relationship with his pregnant partner.

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