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Article from today's Hobart Mercury

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Club to act on football flash

FOOTBALL officials are investigating an incident where a player exposed himself during a live TV broadcast.

AFL Tasmania and Clarence Football club are investigating the incident involving Clarence reserves player Tim Orchard.

Orchard was filmed exposing his penis in the background as senior player Ben Setchell was being interviewed live on ABC TV in the changerooms after Clarence's win over South Launceston at Bellerive Oval on Saturday.

Orchard was fully clothed in his club jacket and pants at the time.

An embarrassed and angry Clarence president Richard Mulligan said the player would front a sub-committee today.

If found guilty of a breach of player conduct, a penalty recommendation would be made to the board.

"We unreservedly apologise for any offence that may have been occasioned by the inappropriate action of the player concerned," Mr Mulligan said.

"Certainly we consider it a very serious matter, one which goes to the very essence of the credibility and the public image of our footy club, and we'll take action accordingly.

"As the president of the football club I view the matter very seriously and am extremely disappointed and angry at what happened."

AFL Tasmania general manager Scott Wade said he was aware of the incident.

He said AFL Tasmania business operations manager Trent Bartlett and the TSL's southern regional manager Wayne Povey viewed the footage last night but would not make a comment until today.

He said Orchard could be charged with behaviour detrimental to the image of the game, as well as facing a penalty from his club.

ABC sport director Greg Simpson said the discipline of players was a league matter.

Edited by: Robbo on 22/06/2009 - 10:41