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St Kilda coach asks public to respect Milne's privacy

Heath Hocking of the Bombers handpasses the ball away from Stephen Milne of the Saints during the round four AFL match between the St Kilda Saints and the Essendon Bombers at Etihad Stadium on April 20, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.
Heath Hocking of the Bombers handpasses the ball away from Stephen Milne of the Saints during the round four AFL match between the St Kilda Saints and the Essendon Bombers at Etihad Stadium on April 20, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. Michael Dodge / Getty Images

ST KILDA coach Scott Watters will front a press conference at training this morning to talk about the situation regarding star small forward Stephen Milne.

The 33-year-old was this week charged with four counts of rape for an alleged incident dating back to 2004.

Milne's manager, Tom Petroro of Stride Management Group, yesterday issued a statement pleading for privacy for his client who is due to face court on July 5.

"Stephen is taking the legal matter very seriously and has engaged lawyers to represent him to contest the charges," the statement read.

"Like every citizen, he is entitled to the presumption of innocence. It is requested that the privacy of Stephen, his wife and his family be respected during this time."

Milne's playing future at the club is uncertain, but the AFL Player's Association has backed a return to the field as soon as round 15 against Fremantle in Perth.

The AFL has supported St Kilda's handling of the matter, CEO Andrew Demetriou saying: "The AFL will monitor the case and reserves the right to take action under its rules in the event of further information coming to light."

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