AFL scandal over 'finger up bum' attack as Vlaustin and Short say sorry for groping team-mate in locker room after win

AUSSIE RULES stars Jayden Short and Nick Vlaustin have been forced to apologise after being caught groping team-mate Mabior Chol.

The Richmond Tigers pair were spotted inappropriately touching Chol after recent wins against Western Bulldogs and Brisbane Lions.

Most-recently, the Tigers squad were seen standing in a circle, belting out their club song to celebrate their victory over Brisbane.

But in the clip, Vlaustin could be seen 'putting his fingers up Chol's rectum' – according to one Australian outlet – before following him around the dressing room and grabbing his genitals.

Just a week earlier – after beating Western Bulldogs – Short was seen to have groped Chol's genitals.

Commentators and pundits across Australia have reacted to the two events with disgust, with one calling it 'repulsive' and another 'horrific'.

Both Vlaustin and Short have released statements apologising for their actions.

Vlaustin said: "It was a stupid action and I am deeply embarrassed. I've apologised to Mabior.”

Short added: “It was unacceptable behaviour and a poor example.”

Chol himself admitted he has no issue with the groping – but reckons they 'set the wrong example' by doing so.

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He said: “I have no issue whatsoever with those players, or any of my team-mates.

"But I understand that is not the sort of example we should be setting."

A club statement added: "[We are] committed to providing a safe workplace environment.”

In a separate, yet equally-worrying, incident, St Kilda star Dan Butler was caught groping Jade Gresham's behind following a match on Thursday.

League officials have now responded to the outbreak of 'inappropriate' behaviour.

AFL CEO Gill McLachlan commented: "What we saw in recent times with players from a number of clubs touching each other inappropriately is clearly not the standard of high performance in the workplace that we could – or should – accept."

It has not yet been revealed what punishment – if any – Vlaustin, Short or Butler will face.

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