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Brooke Cotchin is pictured on the red carpet at the 2019 Brownlow Medal.
Brooke Cotchin has spoken out in support of AFL journalist Mitch Cleary, who was stood down by the league after revealing her day spa hub breach over the weekend. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Brooke Cotchin has come out in support of AFL journalist Mitch Cleary, who was stood down by the AFL after publishing details of her day spa which led to the Richmond Tigers being fined $45,000.

It was revealed that the AFL stood down Cleary after he published details of her trip on social media, with the league also asking him to remove the post identifying Cotchin, the wife of Richmond Tigers captain Trent.

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In an interview with the Herald Sun, Brooke said she had not requested the AFL remove Cleary’s post, and was shocked by the league’s move to stand him down indefinitely.

“I don’t know Mitch Cleary, but I do not agree with him being stood down and I have voiced that to the AFL,” she said.

“It is his job and it does not help anyone’s situation especially in current circumstances.

“Unfortunately I had no input and it is something that is out of my control.”

Richmond were one of five clubs to be fined by the AFL over the weekend, with Carlton, Hawthorn, Collingwood and North Melbourne also running into trouble.

Brooke Cotchin speaks out after AFL fine

Brooke Cotchin took to Instagram for the first time since her day spa fine, acknowledging her mistake and admitting posting on Instagram would open her up to criticism.

She offered an apology in her post, and said she and Trent had agreed to pay the fine on Richmond’s behalf.

“I wish to apologise for the mistake I have made and I am deeply sorry for any angst that I have created for anyone.

“It was an honest mistake and one that I am incredibly remorseful for.

“I am the first to admit I am not perfect, and I do make mistakes, this being one that I need to own and learn from.

“I thank you all for your comments and private messages, good and bad. I have read every single one of them.

“We have not publicised that we are paying the fine, as we did not think it was necessary.

“I am hoping that this post helps explain things and puts a few minds at peace knowing that this was my mistake, which I accept total responsibility for.”