/ 02 May 2022

Western Bulldogs rocked by historical child abuse revelations

Image source: Flickr
Image source: Flickr

The AFL club from Melbourne’s western suburbs is reeling after it was revealed that the club was the scene of horrific child abuse in the 1980s. Adam Kneale was 11yo when he was first abused by club stalwart Graeme Hobbs in the club’s offices in 1984, and he organised for Kneale to be abused by other men while using match tickets, cash and season passes to groom future victims. Kneale eventually reported the assaults to police, and Hobbs was jailed in 1994. Hobbs was exiled from the club when his grooming of children was made public in 1992, but Kneale had not received an apology or acknowledgement of wrongdoing. Bulldogs CEO Ameet Bains said he’s “shocked and dismayed” by Kneale’s story. “The club will seek advice from police to ensure Adam and anyone else who may come forward are appropriately supported,” he said yesterday.

Know someone who'd be interested in this story? Click to share...

The Squiz Today

Your shortcut to being informed, we've got your news needs covered.

Get the Squiz Today newsletter

Quick, agenda-free news that doesn't take itself too seriously. Get on it.