Australian footballers demand end to racial abuse


“Racial vilification has been a part of our game for too long,” the letter reads.

“These are more than just words and the impact these slurs have on the player, their family, their children and their community is profound.

“Despite the amazing work done in the community by our brothers and sisters, they continue to experience this disgraceful treatment.

“We want football fans to barrack for their club with passion, but shouting abuse at an opposition player and targeting their race needs to stop.”

Last year a Port Adelaide member was banned after she was filmed throwing a banana at Adelaide Crows’ Betts.

In a statement issued on April 11, Port Adelaide confirmed Ryder was subject to racial abuse and that a club member had been suspended indefinitely.

Port Adelaide was waiting on a full report from the stadium and South Australia Police before taking further action.

The club also said it was continuing to investigate allegations that a Power supporter had racially abused 30-year-old Betts.

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