Australian soccer stars are investigated during a mysterious & # 39; incident & # 39; during a night out in Cambodia
- Four players are investigated after a night out in Cambodia in March 2019
- Players are faced with possible fines and suspensions for their alleged behavior
- The FFA conducted an independent investigation after a complaint
- Socceroos coach Graham Arnold says he is not responsible for the player's actions
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Four Australian soccer stars are being investigated after a mysterious incident at the end of their trip to Cambodia.
Some members of The Olyroos – the Australian team under 23 – were on a night out in Phnom Penh at the end of March when the incident occurred.
Players Brandon Wilson, Nathaniel Atkinson, Lachlan Wales and Riley McGree, the captain, face potential fines and suspensions of their alleged behavior.
It is not clear what happened and the FFA refuses to give more details.
Riley McGree (photo), the captain of the Olyroos, is one of the players involved in the alleged misconduct
The Olyroos were in Phnom Penh at the end of March and played in a qualifying tournament for next year's Olympic Games
Nathaniel Atkinson (photo), an Australian player under the age of 23, is being investigated by the FFA
The FFA conducted an independent investigation after receiving a complaint about the players during the AFC U23 Championship qualification tournament for next year's Olympic Games.
& # 39; The investigation was started shortly after the complaint was received and due to its complexity it took months & # 39 ;, the FFA announced.
Socceroos coach Graham Arnold said he was not responsible for the player's actions and would not confirm whether or not he was out with them on the evening of the alleged incident.
& # 39; In March of this year I traveled to Cambodia as head coach of the national team under 23 & # 39 ;, Arnold said in a statement.
& # 39; After my return to Australia, I was informed of a complaint against some of our players following an incident on the last night of our stay.
& # 39; The alleged misconduct has been the subject of a thorough investigation.
& # 39; I have always and always made clear to my staff and my players my expectations of them at the camp.
& # 39; They are the public face of football in this country and beyond and with that comes extra responsibility.
& # 39; We must now ensure that the individuals involved have the opportunity to participate in a fair trial as required by the disciplinary rules of the FFA. & # 39;
Socceroos coach Graham Arnold (photo) says he is not responsible for the player's actions
The FFA board has determined that a show cause must continue, allowing the players to give their side of the story
The FFA board has determined that a show cause must continue, allowing the players to give their side of the story.
Their Code of Conduct states that a player may not discredit the FFA or a game, even through "conduct or conduct that significantly damages FFA's reputation and goodwill."
& # 39; FFA is taking this opportunity to reaffirm its commitment to its values of inclusion, diversity, respect and integrity & # 39 ;, they said in a statement.
& # 39; FFA is committed to living up to its values and continuing to act in the best interest of the football game in Australia.
& # 39; All parties involved have offered support and advice. FFA is also in contact and continues to collaborate on this with Professional Footballers Australia.
& # 39; For procedural justice and due process, the FFA does not intend to make any further comments on this issue at this time. & # 39;
& # 39; In the interest of procedural justice and a fair trial, the FFA does not intend to comment further on this at this time & # 39; (photo: Captain McGree)
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