ROSS Lyon has declined to elaborate on a report alleging he is the senior Fremantle official who made a confidential payment to a woman who alleges he made an inappropriate comment to her. 

In his first interview since the Fairfax Media report surfaced on Monday, the Dockers coach said he was not in a position to speak about the allegation.   

"Fundamental to the AFL Respect and Responsibility Policy is privacy for all parties and clearly I need to respect that and I'm not in a position to comment," Lyon told Channel Seven.  

"All I can say is it was a workplace matter resolved by the club and the AFL Integrity Unit independently investigated it and there's been no sanction handed down."

Asked for his reaction to the report, Lyon said: "Well, I can understand it's clearly generated a lot of interest".

The Dockers coach said players and staff had been briefed since the latest report came to light.

"Everyone at the club has had the AFL position statement reiterated as the club position has been to keep the clarity," Lyon said.

The Fairfax Media article follows a recent News Corp report that a secret financial deal was reached between a senior Dockers official and a complainant.

The reported harassment allegedly happened several years ago.