Formal complaints filed against Lisa De Vanna, the great Matildas at the center of explosive allegations of harassment and bullying in Australian women’s football, claim she “trimmed” and “threatened” a former teammate.
De Vanna denied any wrongdoing. De Vanna chose not to take part in a three-year investigation into a dispute with former Melbourne City team-mate Tyla-Jay Vlajnic. She was never interviewed by Football Australia and cited a lack of procedural fairness and a lack of transparency regarding the investigation. De Vanna said the whole process made her “sad”.
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In documents seen by The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, Vlajnic made formal complaints about De Vanna’s behavior to Football Australia in 2018, accusing her of harassment.
Vlajnic claimed she had been subjected to more than three years of bullying by De Vanna, beginning in early 2016. An order for arrested violence was issued against De Vanna in 2019.
De Vanna denied all of Vlajnik’s claims and the profits of AVO, which were later withdrawn.
A Football Australia investigation into allegations that De Vanna threatened, intimidated and harassed Vlajnic between 2016 and 2019. The report contained information from Vljanic, third-party witnesses and text messages – it found that five charges against De Vanna “should be supported”.
These findings included that in November 2016, De Vanna “sent an inappropriate and threatening text message to the complainant stating that you would go to the complainant’s grandparents ‘house and wait for the complainant outside her grandparents’ house”.
It also found that De Vanna had repeatedly “verbally abused, harassed and / or ridiculed” Vljanic during an NPLW match in 2017 between Bulleen and South Melbourne, and that De Vanna after an NPLW match in 2018 “approached the complainant and made physical contact with her and / or pushed her up against a wall. “
The probe confirmed Vlanjic’s complaint that De Vanna “acted aggressively” towards her after an NPLW game in 2018, and that all of these actions made Vlajnic “feel intimidated and / or harassed and / or distressed and / or threatened” .
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