The winners of this year’s Triple J Unearthed competition have strongly rejected allegations of sexual assault by one of its members.

Melbourne punk quartet The Football Club issued a statement on their Facebook page over the weekend, saying “certain parties” have taken to social media to publish “defamatory statements relating to the conduct of members of The Football Club”. 

“These statements are without any foundation, designed to cause harm to the reputation of The Football Club and its members, and The Football Club absolutely deny them,” the statement read. 

“As a victim of sexual assault, Ruby and the band find these claims horrifying in nature, and completely untrue in content.”

The band said it has worked “tirelessly” to be a voice for the LGBTI community and survivors of sexual assault, and hinted it is considering taking legal action against those who have published the allegations. 

“[We] feel that these statements are an unjustified and unfair attempt to undermine their positive work,” the band said. “We’re pursuing these matters through official channels currently.” 

Triple J recently announced that The Football Club were the winners of its 2017 Unearthed competition. The win means the band earns a spot in the line-up at Splendour in the Grass in July.

Supporters of those making the allegations have taken to the Triple J Unearthed facebook page to call on the radio station to take action. Many have accused the station of deleting comments by those making the allegations. 

In response to one of the comments, a spokesperson for Triple J Unearthed confirmed the band were still the competition winners and would still play Splendour despite the allegations.

The ABC and Splendour in the Grass have been approached for comment. 

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