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Senior AFL executives resign

Senior AFL executives resign

AFL football manager Simon Lethlean and commercial boss Richard Simkiss have resigned after admitting to inappropriate workplace relationships.

AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan announced their departures on Friday, saying the pair had “inappropriate relationships with younger women that work in the AFL industry”.

Lethlean was appointed to his role in March this year as Mark Evans’ replacement after serving several high-ranking roles with the league.

Simkiss has worked with the AFL for more than a decade, according to his social media.

“People have made two significant mistakes and have been held to account,” McLachlan told reporters.

“I think we are being clear about what we stand for as an organisation and the two men have taken accountability for their actions in a way that I think is commendable.”

McLachlan said he became aware of the “pertinent facts” of the situation this week.

“I’m disappointed,” he said.

“There were two men on my senior executive team who had inappropriate relationships with two women who work in the AFL industry.

“I think the last 24 hours have been pretty tough.”

© AAP 2017

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