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Neil Mitchell says medal scandal ‘too important’ to drop, calls on AFL to get involved

Neil Mitchell says the AFL must get involved with the scandal involving a topless woman photographed wearing a Richmond premiership medal.

It comes after the woman involved asked police to drop their investigation, despite her lawyers saying she still felt wronged and unhappy with what happened.

“She’s entitled to drop it, but I wish she hadn’t,” Neil Mitchell said.

“I think a stand needs to be taken.

“I don’t believe the police need her involvement – they could continue, regardless.

“I think they can continue if they believe an offence has been committed and from what the lawyers say there’s every reason to believe an offence has been committed.

“But either way, the AFL must get involved.

“This is an important message to every young idiot – footballer or not – that women in this situation should be treated decently.

“This case had enormous potential to spread the message on cyber safety.

“The woman’s privacy should be maintained, but the case shouldn’t be stopped.

“It’s too important.”

Neil said the sudden decision to drop the investigation raised several questions.

“Was she paid?” the 3AW Mornings host asked.

The Tigers have since fiercely denied that claim.

Nick Pappas – a former Victorian chief magistrate – said police could definitely pursue the matter without her.

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