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The Football Club’s Guitarist Quits After Another Member Is Accused Of Sexual Assault

“In light of the recent allegations I have decided to no longer continue with The Football Club."

Guitarist Leah Romero has announced she’s leaving Melbourne band The Football Club, after allegations of sexual assault were made against another member of the group.

The Football Club were selected by triple j Unearthed to play at this year’s Splendour in the Grass, but withdrew from the bill earlier today after allegations of sexual assault involving one of the band’s members began circulating on Facebook.

“In light of the recent allegations I have decided to no longer continue with The Football Club,” Romero said in a statement to Music Feeds.

“These allegations are incredibly serious and though have been vehemently denied, I will still be departing from the band. I believe that [the accused] and everyone involved need to focus on resolving this situation through the appropriate channels, and that the band comes completely secondary to this.

“I will be donating 100% of my part of royalties and earnings from the band to The Royal Womens Hospital Centre Against Sexual Assault (CASA House), who give support to victims of sexual assault.”

The Football Club have used their Facebook page to deny the allegations, but announced that the band will be withdrawing from the Splendour bill and putting “all future Football Club plans… on hold”.

triple j has also published a statement confirming the band has dropped off the Splendour line-up, calling the decision the “the right course of action at this time”. Read their full statement below.

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If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit 1800RESPECT.org.au. In an emergency, call 000.

Men can access anonymous confidential telephone counselling to help to stop using violent and controlling behaviour through the Men’s Referral Service on 1300 766 491.

Feature image by Sam Orchard / via The Football Club Facebook page