Former Melbourne president Glen Bartlett broke the silence in regards to the membership’s off -field turmoil, claiming he and his companion “have been subjected to threats, dishonest habits, and public campaigns to discredit us professionally and personally”.
Bartlett, who left the membership in April final 12 months, issued an announcement to the media on Thursday after submitting a writ within the Western Australian Supreme Courtroom, suing The Age and its reporters Caroline Wilson and Jake Niall for defamation.
It comes amid an ongoing fuss in regards to the alleged habits of coach Simon Goodwin.
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“I do all the things attainable to have a membership that is freed from bullying within the office; playing; harassment and unlawful medicine, ”Bartlett mentioned within the assertion.
He mentioned he had requested present Melbourne president Kate Roffey “to handle and proper her contribution to an article that was finally printed containing a damaging and inaccurate narrative about myself and impacting my companion Victoria and our enterprise.
“Ms. Roffey has declined to appropriate any such assertion personally or publicly.”
READ GLEN BARTLETT’S FULL STATEMENT BELOW
He denied he had leaked the board’s paper to the media, “which is a matter which may be raised within the authorized course of the place it will likely be handled below oath.
“The allegation is fake and I take it significantly as a result of it touches the center of my integrity and is clearly designed to wreck my status.”
The Herald Solar reported in February that the Melbourne board was discussing the potential of sacking Goodwin amid allegations of behavioral points, with a misunderstanding between Bartlett and senior membership figures about methods to take care of the scenario.
Glen Bartlett’s full assertion, June 16, 2022
I’m referring to the newest media over the previous few days (together with print media, radio, podcasts and Nationwide TV protection) the place a number of false narratives have been put ahead about me with respect to the Kate Roffey textual content saga and the AFL assembly.
I’ve been silent for months, regardless of frequent criticism since I made a decision to resign as President and due to this fact now discover I’ve no different however to subject the next assertion:
On Sunday 11 April 2021, I introduced my resolution to resign as president of Melbourne Soccer Membership.
Since that Sunday on the MCG, there have been many articles in an vital time interval which can be mentioned to publish the true purpose behind, and the circumstances of my departure and associated issues. That is along with many radio interviews, podcasts and TV reveals. Many publications include false and damaging materials in addition to perpetuate false narratives.
I’ve by no means publicly responded to errors and false narratives within the reporting, till now. The principle purpose I’ve not responded publicly till now could be due to my want to guard the membership together with coaches, gamers and members in addition to resolve points quietly behind the scenes. Nonetheless, with my defamation proceedings changing into public and the feedback that adopted I really feel it’s sufficient and I have to subject this assertion to make clear my stance on sure issues which have been the topic of public remark.
The choice to retreat once I did was mine. I did so to make sure minimal disruption, after a really promising and certainly historic begin to the season.
As president, Office Legal professional/OHS, and father or mother, I’m not ready to compromise on basic values, legal guidelines and anticipated requirements of conduct.
I imagine that my method and elevating these points resulted in campaigns in opposition to me from numerous quarters that have been against correct administrative governance and took significantly the vital issues even the fragile and delicate issues. It additionally reveals, in my opinion, disregard for the well being and well-being of each me and my companion in addition to our skilled and enterprise pursuits.
Since March 2021, we’ve been subjected to intimidation, misleading habits and public campaigns to discredit us professionally and personally.
I additionally, as famous above and as has been reported, complained about it, and needed to take motion in relation to what I alleged to be a false and defamatory publication about me. The accidents and hardships in addition to harm attributable to this publication are exacerbated by the truth that it was printed on the web and that earlier articles weren’t solely current and remained on the web however have been additionally linked into later articles.
The fee is big, particularly for our well being. I conveyed my issues and requests to be left in peace and given the chance to go away the presidency and membership with dignity to benefit from the season after eight years main a united and school board and membership. Sadly, this isn’t coming.
Having left the board in November 2021, threats in opposition to myself and my companion have been made even in February and March of this 12 months. We’ve got requested for an enterprise that threats and contributions to defamatory publications be stopped – this enterprise won’t occur.
The AFL has been briefed on the above and is conscious of the bullying and threats made in opposition to myself and my companion in addition to its impression on our well being and effectively -being.
Now flip to the publications that I contemplate defamatory and false about me. I’ve given Kate Roffey a number of alternatives to handle and proper her contribution to an article that was finally printed containing damaging and inaccurate narratives about myself and impacting my companion Victoria and our enterprise. Ms. Roffey has declined to appropriate any such statements personally or publicly. An article by the Herald Solar was corrected and the publication of the “textual content message” on June 7, 2022 was associated to the authorized dispute and a correction by the Herald Solar. The “textual content message” was not leaked however as defined by an Article legally obtained by the Herald Solar throughout a authorized dispute.
It’s one factor to be topic to a leak marketing campaign, which is dangerous sufficient. Nonetheless, it was one other matter to be subjected to a complicated and damaging marketing campaign and allegedly a calculated leak to deprave me.
I’d additionally wish to make one factor clear: There was a suggestion that I leaked the board paper to Michael Warner within the Herald Solar in February and the information of my resignation to Tom Morris the evening earlier than the Geelong match in April 2021.
I’m not leaking this data printed by the Herald Solar and Fox Footy, which is a matter that’s prone to be raised within the authorized course of the place it will likely be handled below oath. The allegation is fake and is one thing I take significantly as a result of it touches the center of my integrity and is clearly designed to wreck my status.
In latest months I’ve supplied a possibility for related journalists and publishers to resolve my issues and likewise supplied an enterprise to not have interaction in any additional defamatory conduct. Such an enterprise won’t occur, and my severe issues stay unresolved, so I imagine I’ve no different however to provoke authorized proceedings.
Specifically, I’ve, as has been reported, not too long ago filed a writ within the Western Australian Supreme Courtroom in opposition to Caroline Wilson, Jake Niall, and The Age (and numerous associated entities).
To be very clear the authorized motion is NOT in opposition to Melbourne Soccer Membership and the members who personal the membership.
I spent eight years serving to rebuild Melbourne and nonetheless love the membership, its members, gamers and sponsors. I beloved my time there and I’m very pleased with what I’ve completed and look ahead to continued success.
I’ve been very dedicated since I took over in 2013 with Peter Jackson and Paul Roos to drive cultural change throughout the membership. This isn’t all the time common; nonetheless, management will not be a contest of recognition or about “mating” in my opinion. I imagine and lead with belief, respect, and unity to the tip. In my opinion, and I’ve mentioned this many occasions, it can be crucial that our individuals who depart the membership are all the time handled with dignity and respect-in my view the tradition of a company is outlined by the way in which individuals depart the group whether or not it’s gamers or workers, any coach , membership physician, or president.
I do know I’m not good however all through my time on the membership, I contemplate the welfare of all of us (from senior coaches in addition attendants) to be paramount and maintain quick to my duty to have the ability to see everybody (together with everybody. Mother and father) within the eye. and confirmed that I did all the things attainable to have a membership freed from bullying within the office; playing; harassment and unlawful medicine. I’m actually dedicated to having the perfect setting 24/7 for all of our residents and I deal with everybody with respect.
Particular person and group efficiency are various things and shouldn’t be hindered by habits administration or used as an excuse to “ignore” needed habits/habits administration. It’s additionally a incontrovertible fact that golf equipment which have developed the strongest tradition by embedding “proper habits” have loved sustained success by taking part in in essentially the most last campaigns (and profitable essentially the most premier posts) over the previous 20 years.
Lastly, soccer has all the time been an vital a part of my life and sustaining the integrity of the game is my highest precedence. Given the upcoming investigation and the authorized course of we’ve begun, I cannot make any additional feedback on this subject at the moment, and I’ll ask all involved to respect our privateness and well-being.