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The saga of hawthorn racism, Alastair Clarkson, Cyril Rioli, Chris Fagan, ooty Classified, comments by Caroline Wilson

Caroline Wilson has revealed Hawthorn has offered six people up to $300,000 to settle the racism scandal that has rocked their club.

It comes after two reports by Judge John Middleton and Gordon Legal indicated there was “no bias” that a subculture of racism existed at the Hawks between 2008 and 2015.

It followed confirmation that mediation had failed between former coaches and senior players, with the matter now likely to head to the Federal Court.

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“Hawthorn, we can report tonight, has offered a combined settlement of $300,000 to six people who appeared at the Human Rights Commission,” Wilson told Nine’s Classified footy Monday evening.

Cyril Rioli, his partner Shannyn Ah Sam Rioli, Jermaine Miller-Lewis, his wife Montana Miller-Lewis, Carl Peterson and Hawthorn’s former indigenous welfare officer Leon Egan were all awarded $50,000 as part of a rejected settlement last week.

Fagan was an assistant coach at Hawthorn under Alastair Clarkson.

Fagan and Clarkson during their time at the Hawks. Getty

Wilson broke down what went wrong and why some individuals declined the monetary offer.

“We know all sides were saying it’s not about the money, it’s about the apology and the acknowledgment that racism happened at the club,” she said.

“Hawthorn refused to do that.”

Cyril Rioli pictured with Hawthorn chairman Jeff Kennett during his final season of 2018

Cyril Rioli pictured with Hawthorn chairman Jeff Kennett during his final season of 2018 Getty

However, Wilson explained that Clarkson had denied any racism during his time as manager, but had made “acknowledgments” of some problems within the club at the time.

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“Alastair Clarkson gave thanks in a long and voluminous day of mediation on day two with all the families and their lawyers,” she said.

“He talked about a failed or problematic methodology, but certainly not about racism.

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Alastair Clarkson. AFL Photos via Getty Images

“We now know that Hawthorn, on top of that, offered this deal, which was rejected.”

Clarkson, his former assistant and now Lions coach Chris Fagan and Jason Burt have continued to deny the allegations.