North Melbourne AFL player Majak Daw is free to continue playing despite being charged with three counts of rape over an incident seven years ago.
The Kangaroos on Tuesday confirmed Daw was facing charges over the alleged assault, but said the 23-year-old would still be available to play for the club’s AFL and VFL sides.
The AFL has backed the club’s decision, but have restricted Daw, who is one of the league’s multicultural ambassadors, from making promotional appearances.
Police on Monday laid three charges of rape against Daw over an incident at Altona Meadows in 2007.
Daw, of Wyndham Vale, is expected to face a Melbourne Magistrates Court filing hearing on July 11.
A statement from North Melbourne on Tuesday said the club would not take action against Daw.
“The club respects the integrity of the legal process and asks the right to privacy of all involved be respected,” it said.
“North Melbourne will support Majak and he will remain available for selection at VFL and AFL level.”
AFL general counsel Andrew Dillon said the league would also not prevent Daw from playing.
“Given the specific circumstances of the case, the AFL has determined that the player remains available for selection by his club,” Mr Dillon said.
“However, we will monitor the case and reserve the right to take action under our rules if deemed appropriate.
“Further, the AFL has determined that a restriction will be placed on the player’s AFL and club promotional and development duties.”
Daw’s management group Elite Sports Properties said he would not be commenting on the charges.
“He is entitled to a presumption of innocence and we would ask that this and the right to privacy of all involved be respected,” the group said in a statement.
Daw, the first Sudan-born player to reach the AFL, has played 12 games since joining the Kangaroos as a rookie in 2009.