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Nixon career in balance as Galbally report due

The Age

Wednesday March 16, 2011


RICKY Nixon's future as an AFL player manager could be known within days as the lawyer investigating his relationship with a 17-year-old schoolgirl prepares to table his report.Lawyer David Galbally, QC, the man charged with investigating the relationship, last night told The Age he would present his findings to the AFL Players Association today.He would not say whether he had spoken to Nixon, who faces being stripped of his licence to be an AFL-accredited agent. Galbally has been investigating the case for three weeks.Nixon, who has stood down as a player manager, is understood to have started a four-week stint at a rehabilitation clinic in South Australia for substance abuse, while the teenage girl has returned to Twitter in recent days and threatened to expose "sex, drugs and lies" in the AFL after her brief contract with the Nine Network expired.The girl alleges she has video of players from Melbourne-based clubs other than St Kilda taking drugs and assaulting a woman at night and says she will release the footage once Galbally's report is released.She has previously told The Age she has attended drug-fuelled parties with AFL players. "I was doing drugs as well at the time," she said.She claimed players were "regularly" taking drugs on a weekend.Galbally is believed to have examined video footage of Nixon allegedly taken by the girl in a Melbourne hotel room where a man, believed to be Nixon, is seen half-naked.The teenager claims she has had a sexual relationship with Nixon, something he denies, although he has admitted to "inappropriate dealings". The girl has made covert recordings that she said included audio of Nixon snorting cocaine.It is understood he has interviewed St Kilda players managed by Nixon, while he has also met prominent industry figures.Victoria Police have yet to confirm whether any charges will be laid after interviewing Nixon last week. The girl was also interviewed by police and questioned over offences relating to the Surveillance Act, theft and drugs.Once Galbally's report is tabled, a four-man assembly of the AFLPA's agent accreditation board, chaired by former Carlton player Ian Prendergast, will rule on whether Nixon should retain his licence. The board will also comprise AFL representative Ken Wood, Braham Dabscheck, a senior fellow at the University of Melbourne, and solicitor John McMullen.If he is found to not have breached the AFLPA's regulations and code of conduct, he will be free to continue as a player-manager with his business, Flying Start.Nixon manages 46 players, including Nick and Jack Riewoldt, Dustin Martin and Nick Dal Santo, and senior coaches Brett Ratten and Rodney Eade.AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou last week said it would be difficult for Nixon to return as a player-manager if found guilty.The teenage girl was contractually forbidden from speaking publicly for a week after her soft interview on Nine's 60 Minutes. But this week she tweeted she would "have a few big announcements over the next few days"."No STKFC this time. Let's talk other clubs, shall we? In advance, sorry to the supporters of this club I look forward to your abuse," she wrote."My goal isn't to be in the limelight People need to understand this I aim to show people what the AFL culture is truly about. Sex, drugs and lies."

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