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AFL ends Hawks racism inquiry, but legal action looms

Former Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

THE AFL has announced no adverse findings against Alastair Clarkson, Chris Fagan or Jason Burt over the Hawthorn racism allegations.

But the matter is far from over, with ongoing legal action looking inevitable.

On Tuesday night, AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan called a snap media conference to announce the independent inquiry investigations into the bombshell claims would end.

The inquiry has reached an impasse given it could not find common ground between the parties involved.

Clarkson, Fagan and Burt all vehemently denied any wrongdoing.

“No adverse findings have been made in the Independent Investigation against any of the individuals against whom allegations have been made,” the AFL said in a lengthy statement.

“The complainants wish to resolve all differences with the AFL.”

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By Roger Vaughan