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The Football Club Guitarist Leaves Band Following Abuse Allegations Against Bandmate

Written by Tom Williams on June 19, 2017

A member of Melbourne band The Football Club has now left the group, following allegations of abuse which were made against their bandmate, leading the band to cancel all of its upcoming shows, including a set at Splendour In The Grass.

In a statement to Music Feeds, The Football Club guitarist Leah Romero says she has now left the band, due to the recent allegations surrounding the group’s frontwoman, Ruby Markwell.

“In light of the recent allegations I have decided to no longer continue with The Football Club,” she says.

“These allegations are incredibly serious and though have been vehemently denied, I will still be departing from the band. I believe that Ruby 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 were awarded a spot on this year’s Splendour In The Grass lineup after winning a competition held by triple j Unearthed.

Triple j Unearthed previously confirmed that The Football Club would remain on this year’s Splendour lineup, but has now said that the band pulling out of Splendour “is the right course of action at this time”.

Splendour In The Grass has declined to comment.

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