It has been reported the woman has claimed the images of her were circulated online and through text messages without her knowledge or consent, which could lead to charges being laid for using a mobile device or the internet to share nude images or suggestive material.
AFL spokesman Patrick Keane said the organisation was making no comment because the matter was before the police.
It is understood a woman consented to topless photos being taken on the night of Richmond’s AFL grand final win over Adelaide.
‘Yarra Crime Investigation Unit detectives are investigating an image distributed on social media, ‘ police said in a statement.
However, Tigers president Peggy O’Neal told ABC on Monday a punishment could be handed to the player responsible if the investigation found the woman had been wronged.
O’Neal is the first female president of an AFL club.
“And if someone has made a disrespectful and humiliating gesture, then of course it will be taken into account”.
‘I can’t really comment on the particular event.
“I’m not across the facts”.
“So the fact that someone has made a bad judgment, and maybe has been disrespectful, again I don’t know the particulars of what you’re talking about, I think that that doesn’t say what the club’s about, what the sport’s about, and people make errors in judgment all the time”.
“The clubs are much more strict on themselves than the AFL is with the Respect and Responsibility Policy”, she said.
“I would expect that there’s an investigation going on now”.
“That sounds like a behavioural issue with one of the players they’d be trying to deal with, I reckon”, Ashton said on 3AW.
O’Neal said that clubs were light years ahead of the AFL when it came to enforcing the policy and respecting women.
Richmond FC have been contacted for comment.