News.org.au Former Carlton player Marc Fisher has filed a lawsuit against Carlton’s director of corporate communications Kim Hickey and her company Marcfish, alleging she “conspired with Ms Fisher to deceive the public” about their roles in the team’s compensation package.
Fisher, who played 10 seasons for the Blues, was sacked by Carlton in 2012 and has since played for the Western Bulldogs and Melbourne.
He has since sued Hickey in a federal court in Brisbane.
The lawsuit claims Hickey, who was paid $1.5 million for her role, was paid “in the form of an unreported fee for her services to the AFL.”
In a statement, the AFL said it was aware of the matter and was working with Hickey to resolve the matter.
“The AFL has been advised of the allegations,” the statement read.
“As a matter of longstanding practice, the game of AFL is conducted in a transparent and open environment and has a zero tolerance policy on corruption.”
Fisher is seeking damages for defamation, breach of contract, fraud, breach oder, and breach of the law.
Hickey told news.com the claims were false and untrue.
She told newscom.org that the allegations were “an attempt to tarnish my name”.
“The truth is, there are no documents that show the alleged payment of any amount to Ms Fisher,” she said.
“I have been completely exonerated by my lawyers.”
Fisher was sacked from the Blues after two seasons in 2016.
Hodge’s company, Marcus, is also suing former Carlton player David Astbury, who also played for Carlton, for $1 million for his alleged role in the alleged pay-out.
Former Carlton captain David Ast, left, and David Astworth, right, have been sued over their compensation package with Marcus.
Photo: Supplied The AFL’s compensation system is a “totally transparent” system, the statement said.
However, the club was not contacted by Hickey for comment.
HICC said its investigation into the matter was ongoing and the AFL was “committed to ensuring the highest standards of professional conduct are adhered to”.
It said it could not comment further due to the ongoing investigation.
The AFL said that the “cooperation” between Hickey’s legal team and the club “appears to be ongoing”.
The AFL has also confirmed it has “no record of any such payment”.