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Caro: Mifsud would not have made allegations up

Posted by: Ellen Feely | 3 April, 2012 - 6:57 PM
Caroline Wilson

Caroline Wilson insists Jason Mifsud would not have fabricated the allegations that Mark Neeld treated indigenous players differently.

Speaking with Sports Today Caroline Wilson said Mifsud did not emerge from today’s investigation and press conferences looking good, and is currently “looking like a loose cannon.”

“I can categorically tell you that Jason Mifsud would not have made this up,” Caroline Wilson said.

LISTEN: Montage of the Neeld false allegation saga:

Caroline Wilson said the allegations that Neeld held individual pre-season meetings with all non-indigenous players, but addressed the indigenous players as a group had been raised with the AFL a few weeks ago as part of a wider discussion about recruiting and racism, but were not followed up.

”Is that because they were never seen as all that important, or not necessarily racist? I’m not sure why they weren’t followed up, but obviously the AFL didn’t treat them that seriously,” Caroline Wilson said.

Caroline Wilson said she first broached the subject with Mark Neeld three weeks ago, and quickly convinced her the allegations were untrue by passing her onto senior indigenous player, Aaron Davey, who insisted he wouldn’t be involved in the football club if the allegations were true.

”Aaron Davey got on the phone and I asked him all the same questions I’d asked Mark Neeld…. And Aaron said: ‘Caroline, it just didn’t happen. It never happened,’” Caroline Wilson said.

LISTEN: Caroline Wilson speaks to Sports Today about the Mifsud/Neeld false leak saga:

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Blog comments Your Say

  • CARO...... why do you want to bury DAVEY, when you defend to the death MIFSUD? Because your an aplologist for the AFL/DEMTRIOU!!! You join the 'conga line' in DEMETRIOUS's office, like the rest of the sycophants!! You have lost ur journalistic integrity!!
    "..Dont shoot the player, hate the game!!.."

    Wantirna Cowboy Friday 6 April, 2012 - 10:18 AM
  • Don't be so sure caro. The things you don't know could fill a book. Can you say sociopath??

    Sack him! Thursday 5 April, 2012 - 8:11 PM
  • Mifsud may not be making things up, but why is he leaking information and betraying confidences? These are the more important questions. Never mind the players as role models,what sort of example is this setting?

    Lukew Thursday 5 April, 2012 - 4:45 PM
  • WOW (am I on the right planet) Re Caroline Wilson. Female? Whats some of the rubbish I'm reading about "really about" Caroline is a breath of fresh air in AFL media word and I've always found her "proffessional and very knowlegable as well as interesting.

    Steve Thursday 5 April, 2012 - 10:42 AM
  • Caro... shut up and make sure you get your FACTs right before you open you loose lips. MIFSUD is a liar and breaches trust. he soujnds like a grade 2 kid, dobba dobba

    Peter from the Valley Wednesday 4 April, 2012 - 10:21 PM
  • Yes he would Caroline because after the Rendell situation Mifsud comes across as the person who is more than happy to destroy the careers of others on a whim. He has no honesty, no integrity and no loyalty except to himself.

    Rendell said what he said in order to make a point about how Aboriginal players needed more support to reduce their attrition rate within the AFL. How the hell does that make him racist?!

    This whole debacle could've been avoided if Mifsud wasn't so PC and took everything anyone said literally because from what I can see, that has cost Rendell his career.

    Even if you believe Mifsud wouldn't make up allegations, how bloody hard is it for this hack to investigate them BEFORE he goes bleating to the media?

    Kev Wednesday 4 April, 2012 - 5:04 PM

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