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Specific tanking allegations against Melbourne Demons have been revealed

7News Melbourne exclusive, Yahoo!7 Updated January 8, 2013, 6:48 pm

Fresh details have emerged surrounding an AFL investigation into claims that Melbourne tanked during the 2009 season.

A 7News exclusive revealed investigators are focusing on three of the Demons' matches during that season: their round 15 win against Port Adelaide, their round 18 loss to Richmond and their round 22 loss to St Kilda.

The AFL have constructed an 800-page report on why it believed the Demons tanked in 2009, with Dean Bailey, CEO Cameron Schwab and director of football Chris Connolly reportedly set to face charges.

It is believed though that charges won't be laid until mid February. There have also ben threats of legal action should the AFL find the club or any individuals guilty of charges.

7News has uncovered investigators are alleging irregularities which they believe indicate the club was not trying its best to win matches.

Then senior coach Bailey has been particularly implicated, with questions being asked as to why he left the coaches box before Melbourne's clash with Richmond had finished.

Investigators also queried bench rotations, and strange match-ups including Matthew Warnock and James Frawley being sent forward and ruckman Paul Johnson playing on former Tiger goalsneak Nathan Brown.

Richmond ended up winning the game with a kick after the siren from Tiger midfielder Jordan McMahon.

Questions were also raised over Melbourne's win over Port Adelaide, with investigators claiming they have vision of Schwab criticising players after the match.

The Dees led for most of the match before eventually winning by 11 points.

Melbourne's round 22 loss to St Kilda has also been called into question, with investigators probing match-ups on Saint star Nick Riewoldt and why Demon livewire Liam Jurrah was left out of the match.

It is believed former Demon president, the late Jim Stynes, has not been implicated in any of the investigations.

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  1. underarm_bowler04:47pm Friday 11th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    How can you be accused of tanking when you are naturally a Krap team. Same as Carlton did and look where it got them. Still making up the numbers in the bottom eight

  2. Twochairs01:32pm Wednesday 09th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    So the Dee's have been accused of "Tanking". Lets not get carried away here, the Blues were accused of tanking a couple of years back, but isn't it a bit like not playing to your potential? Sides of late have left their supporters wondering why they lost a game that they were odds on to win. Seems to me that there is a lot of money circulating around some clubs and not necessarily the bottom half of the ladder.

  3. Dan12:32pm Wednesday 09th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    The AFL are a bit like a parent who punishes their kids for drinking alcohol but never locks the spirits cupboard. The AFL left the incentive there, and a club like Melbourne, who has low membership and has struggled financially for a long time took it. The real problem is that the AFL kept their head in the sand and refused to acknowledge the situation they had created. Just bring in the lottery and be done with this once and for all. I'd love the AFL to admit they were naive and treated the public as fools. Bottom six teams have a lottery. 21 balls. Bottom get 6, 2nd bottom get 5, 3rd bottom get 4, etc.

  4. DOLLARS11:59am Wednesday 09th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Bailey didn;t tank, hes just a s#it coach at a s#it club!

  5. underarm_bowler06:56am Wednesday 09th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Since they have opened the door to this I would expect further investigations into other clubs. One might want to look at Carlton being wooden spooners in relatively close years

  6. Anthony10:56pm Tuesday 08th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Dean Bailey was the puppet to the other two clowns - Schwab is the worst admin person in history and Connolly should never have been given a job in football........ Other clubs have tanked - Its not their fault entirely - The person who thought of this system is - and so are the clowns who agreed to put place a system that would make it easier for the bottom 3 or 4 clubs to initiate a tanking game or two .. Bailey brought it out into the open and now we know for sure..........What will the AFL do ?

  7. Glib08:36pm Tuesday 08th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    AFL just total corruption from start to finish. NRL is the same.

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