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UPDATED | Fremantle president Dale Alcock says the club is fully behind Ross Lyon despite the sexual harassment storm that has engulfed the under-fire coach.

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Alcock says Lyon has the board’s full backing, putting an end to rumours that the club was considering sacking him.

Lyon, Alcock and chief executive Steve Rosich will front the media on Friday at 2pm today (SA time).

Lyon’s future had been up in the air after he was named as the Fremantle official at the centre of the sexual harassment case that happened several years ago.

Pressure on him intensified on Thursday when it was revealed the club had referred a second complaint about him to the AFL’s integrity unit.

AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan today confirmed that the league will not investigate that second incident because the man has since withdrawn his complaint.

The AFL had already closed their case on the first incident, and decided no further action was needed.

Fremantle have called several emergency board meetings over the past week, with rumours growing that Lyon’s job was in jeopardy.

It was even been reported that former assistant Peter Sumich was being lined up to take over from Lyon.

But Alcock said the club was fully behind Lyon, and would continue to support him as senior coach.

“As a club we are fully committed to Ross as our senior coach and the recent media speculation does not in any way alter the board and the club’s commitment to Ross as senior coach of the Fremantle Dockers,” Alcock said in a statement.

Board member and Fremantle great Peter Bell also said Lyon’s future wasn’t in jeopardy.

Fremantle were dealt another blow on Thursday when it was revealed club champion Brad Hill is being investigated by police for not following a police move-on notice and for giving a false name during a night out last Sunday.

Hill’s consumption of alcohol on the night also broke the team’s policy for injured players.

McLachlan also said on Friday morning he had not spoken to Fremantle about any integrity issues in the last 48 hours.

He was asked if Lyon’s job was becoming untenable.

“I don’t believe so, I don’t have any other information,” McLachlan told 3AW.

“What happens is, the board would be assessing the different information.

“But based on the issue that’s been discussed over the last weeks, all the information was investigated and placed before the Fremantle board.

“They’ve made a decision based on that, he’s going to be their coach – I don’t have anything beyond that.”

– AAP

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