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AFL to investigate tanking claims

Sportal July 31, 2012, 2:48 pm
Brock McLean

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The AFL will interview Carlton's Brock McLean over the former Melbourne player's revealed his desire to leave the Demons was fuelled by the club's apparent intention to lose matches.

Acting AFL chief Gill McLachlan said on Tuesday afternoon the league had reviewed McLean's comments in his television interview.

"The AFL has resolved that this matter will be addressed by the General Manager of Football Operations, Adrian Anderson," McLachlan said.

Former coach Dean Bailey admitted he had 'no hesitation' coaching for draft picks when Melbourne finished last in 2008 and '09.

McLean - now at Carlton - was a member of the Melbourne side during a 2009 season, in which they lost six of their last seven games to finish bottom of the table with four wins, and picked up a priority pick (Tom Scully) and co-captain Jack Trengove.

Somewhat ironically, Scully was poached by Greater Western Sydney last year.

McLean said the Demons' ploy to deliberately lose games to earn higher draft picks went against his moral fibre.

"Circumstances that happened in the second half of the year never really sat well with me," McLean said on ''Fox Footy''.

"They don't call it tanking, we would call it experimenting or whatever it was. It just went against everything I was taught as a kid, taught as a footballer and as a person."

When pressed by former Sydney premiership coach Paul Roos on whether the pressure was coming from above then-coach Bailey, McLean responded: "I would have thought so."

And McLean sympathised with Bailey, who was eventually sacked last year after the Demons copped a 186-point shellacking from eventual premiers Geelong, despite the side sitting in 11th place and still within reach of a finals spot.

"When I sat down with Dean Bailey, when I made my decision (to leave the club), I brought that up with him," McLean said.

"I told him what I really thought and we were both on the same page. I really felt for Bails because he was put in an uncomfortable position."

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