Friday 27 April 2018

Nixon handed two-year ban

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

The career of Aussie Rules players' agent Ricky Nixon is in tatters after he received an unprecedented two-year ban.

Nixon's licence to represent players has been revoked by the AFL Players Association (AFLPA) agents' accreditation board, the first time they have ever taken such dramatic action.

It completes a dramatic fall from grace for Nixon, who has prominently targeted and recruited GAA players to the AFL, and who is believed to have been in Ireland as recently as this month - scouting for players at the Sigerson Cup final weekend.

The 17-year-old at the centre of the scandal that has engulfed Nixon and St Kilda since last summer, responded to his ban by tweeting: "Satisfied. Told you so. You Lose Ricky."

The teenager has alleged that Nixon approached her after she posted online photos of some St Kilda players. She released film she alleged was of Nixon in a hotel room wearing just his underwear and claimed he had sex with her and took drugs in front of her.

Nixon, who denies he had sex with the teenager, recently stepped down as head of his 'Flying Start' agency and said he was going into rehab for substance abuse "to seek treatment for a substance problem".

In a statement, Nixon said that he was "disappointed", accused the investigation of being "completely flawed" and said he is considering an appeal, which he has 14 days to lodge.

Irish Independent

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