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Ex-Hawthorn president Andrew Newbold has refuted an explosive claim he turned his back on a Hawks player's pregnant partner not long after former coaches Alastair Clarkson and Chris Fagan allegedly made the couple break up.
Now an AFL Commissioner, Newbold is adamant he didn't engage with the woman in question via email in 2013.
But he conceded a club representative at the time allegedly may have done so on his behalf.
'I did not author that email,' Newbold told the Herald Sun, who on Wednesday published a series of alleged exchanges between the woman and the club from almost a decade ago.
'I want to refute that absolutely. It's not my language I would use.'
According to the Hawthorn-commissioned review of the club's handling of First Nations players and their families between 2010 and 2016, the woman allegedly wrote a series of emails to Newbold.
Ex-Hawthorn president Andrew Newbold (pictured right) has refuted an explosive claim he turned his back on a Hawks player's pregnant partner not long after coaches Alastair Clarkson and Chris Fagan allegedly made the couple break up
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She allegedly outlined that at seven weeks pregnant, Hawks trio Clarkson, Fagan and ex-player development manager Jason Burt allegedly removed the player from the couple's home.
They then allegedly changed his phone number so she couldn't contact him.
Seeking answers, the distraught woman then got in contact with Victoria Police, who allegedly responded they were 'unable to contact Hawks staff.'
In another alleged email exchange, the woman started she was experiencing 'severe anxiety attacks', was 'vomiting blood' and 'can't see the light anymore', as her stress levels increased while carrying her child in the first trimester.
Newbold is alleged to have responded that the situation was 'beyond my scope of expertise and influence' and it 'wasn't appropriate he became involved'.
The woman felt she was being ignored and allegedly stated she was being treated with 'disrespect and ruthlessness' by the club.
On Tuesday night, Newbold again protested his innocence, bizarrely declaring he had no access to his Hawthorn email account in 2013 - before adding he was not responsible for the emails as he didn't write them.
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