Fremantle chief executive Steve Rosich has released the following statement following news that broke on Monday afternoon suggesting Ross Lyon had harassed a junior female staffer at a Christmas party a few years ago.

On Monday afternoon, The Age named Lyon as the staff member in question, and Rosich had this to say on the matter.

“We want to reiterate what we have said previously on a number of occasions and which has been reinforced by the AFL,” Rosich said.

“This was a workplace matter that has been resolved by the club and independently investigated by the AFL’s Integrity Unit at the request of the club, the subject of the complaint and with due respect and care for our former employee.

“With regard to the requested investigation under the AFL’s Respect and Responsibility Policy, the league completed it some months ago to the AFL’s and the club’s full satisfaction and no sanction was imposed.

“At the core of the AFL’s Respect and Responsibility policy are guidelines around maintaining and respecting the privacy of all parties and we will continue to abide by that and will not comment any further.”