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‘Appalling act’: AFL investigating mass leak of players’ private images

The AFL has urged the public not to view or share the pictures.

The AFL has urged the public not to view or share the pictures. Photo: AAP

Dozens of past and present AFL players have been caught up in the shocking online dumping of a collection of nude and graphic photos.

The AFL confirmed it was investigating the mass leaking of “private and personal images” of players from a number of clubs.

Media report that at least 45 players have been impacted, including premiership winners and Brownlow Medal winners.

It’s understood the collection — purportedly containing sexually explicit pictures of AFL stars — has been shared via a Google Drive link with folders.

However the AFL said many of the images are yet to be verified or identified.

“The images have been circulated by an anonymous person/s,” the AFL said in a statement.

“The AFL Integrity Unit (AFLIU) is currently investigating the matter and has alerted relevant authorities, including police in various states and the eSafety Commissioner.”

The AFL said whoever was responsible had undertaken “significant work” in gathering all the images and creating the files for distribution.

“The AFL has no information regarding why the personal images have been circulated illegally and without consent or what the motive is in doing so.”

The AFL Players’ Association was quick to condemn the “appalling and disgusting act” and urged the public not to seek out or share any of the photos.

The AFL said it was working closely with eSafety to have the images removed as soon as possible.

“The AFL has also made the relevant law enforcement agencies aware of the situation,” said the statement.

“The AFL has offered welfare support for players who may be involved and will continue to work closely with their clubs. ”

The AFL asked the public not to view or share the photos.

“The AFL asks everyone to please respect the rights and privacy of those past and present players who have had personal images illegally shared without their consent or approval.”

 

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