Sixteen players from a Melbourne football club have been taken into custody over the pack rape of two women on Phillip Island on Oct.10.
Four simultaneous search warrants were executed this morning, two in Montmorency and one each in Bundoora and Briar Hill, Victoria police said.
All men, aged between 17 and 20 have been taken to the St Kilda Rd Police Complex where they are continuing to assist police with their investigation.
The 16 players are said to be to be competing in the Northern Football League, the Herald Sun
Northern Football League general manager Kevin Crompton confirmed the players involved were members of the Montmorency Football Club, who had traveled to Phillip Island on an end-of-season trip they had organised themselves.
"It was not a club sanctioned trip," Mr Crompton said.
The suburban league manager said he was "absolutely" disappointed by the alleged attack.
"We take these allegations very seriously and we hope that if any one has any information they would report it to the police.
"As a league we are certainly against any violence towards women, we are a strong supporter of the Australian Football League's respect and responsibility program," he said.
"We're shocked at the allegations at the moment," AFL Victoria chief executive officer Peter Schwab said on Tuesday.
"It's an extremely distressing time for the two girls concerned and our thoughts are with them.
"Certainly we would hope anyone involved would come forward and co-operate fully with the police.
"We trust the police will get to the bottom of it."
Detective Inspector Glenn Davies from the Sexual Crime Squad said violence against women will not be tolerated and all such offences will be thoroughly investigated.
"I encourage all women who are victims of sexual assault to report these offences to police," he said.