Carlton Blues apologise after Michael Gibbons touches cameraman during team song

The incident was not broadcast by Channel Seven as Carlton had accidentally sung the team song in the wrong room at TIO Stadium, away from the host broadcaster’s cameras.

The videographer has been embedded with Carlton for much of the season as part of Amazon’s AFL documentary series.

Carlton checked to see whether the videographer involved was OK, which he said he was.

However the Blues were still adamant the behaviour was unacceptable.

“We were aware of the unacceptable actions that occurred during the team song on Friday night,” Lloyd said.

“The behaviour was addressed in the team meeting immediately after the game by senior coach David Teague, with the playing group affirming that such behaviour was clearly not to be tolerated.

“The club acknowledges its position as role models in the community and apologises for any offence caused.”

The AFL has clamped down on inappropriate touching in club rooms after footage involving Richmond pair Jayden Short and Nick Vlastuin making contact to the groin and bottom of teammate Mabior Chol emerged earlier this month.

Short and Vlastuin both apologised for their actions.

St Kilda’s Dan Butler also apologised for a similar incident in which he touched teammate Jade Gresham.

The AFL then announced it would brief all clubs on the need to improve standards.

“We condemn the behaviour and need to learn from what happened and ensure that everyone across the AFL understands that we must have working environments that are free from any form of inappropriate conduct or sexual harassment,” AFL chief Gillon McLachlan said.

“Where we fall below the standards expected of us, we need to acknowledge that and take the appropriate steps to learn and improve.

“The AFL and our clubs have made a strong commitment to gender equality and respect and responsibility and as part of this ongoing cultural change in our industry we need to ensure inappropriate conduct is not acceptable, whether it is the office or the changeroom. This is an ongoing journey and we are committed to change.

“What we saw in recent times with players from a number of clubs touching each other inappropriately is clearly not the standard of high performance in the workplace that we could – or should – accept.”

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