Majak Daw to keep playing in AFL despite rape charges

NORTH Melbourne's Majak Daw was yesterday cleared by the league and his club to continue playing at either VFL or AFL level, despite being charged with three counts of rape by Victoria Police.

The charges relate to an incident in the Melbourne suburb of Altona North in 2007, two years before the Kangaroos rookie-listed the Sudanese-born player.

"North Melbourne will support Majak and he will remain available for selection at VFL and AFL level," the club said in a statement yesterday.

AFL General Counsel Andrew Dillon said the league backed the Kangaroos' stance.

"It is now important that the legal process be allowed to run its course," he said. "The AFL acknowledges the importance of the presumption of innocence in this case and also the need to treat all parties with respect and understanding.

"Given the specific circumstances of the case, the AFL has determined that the player remains available for selection by his club.

"However, we will monitor the case and reserve the right to take action under our rules if deemed appropriate.

"Further, the AFL has determined that a restriction will be placed on the player's AFL and Club promotional and development duties."

Daw, 23, made his senior debut last season and has gone on to play 12 games for the Kangaroos, becoming a cult favourite with fans.

Daw, who was first interviewed by police over the allegations in May, is expected to appear in the Melbourne Magistrates' Court for a filing hearing on July 11.

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