Port, Crows in AFL racism row
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 11, 2017,
Apr 11, 2017, 21:15
Port said it was aware of the latest racism controversy involving the club - it banned a female member past year for throwing a banana at Betts during a game against the Crows.
Port Adelaide is investigating racism cases against two players in the wake of the Showdown against Adelaide, including a woman who admitted to calling indigenous player Eddie Betts an "ape".
The club released a statement on Monday night saying it was working with management at Adelaide Oval to get to the bottom of the matter.
Port Adelaide ruckman Paddy Ryder has been offered a one-match ban by the AFL match review panel for his off-the-ball hit on Adelaide's Riley Knight.
"Obviously it's not great news. he's going to be pretty disappointed", Adelaide defender Luke Brown told reporters on Tuesday.
"In listening to our playing group and our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander players in particular, it is clear how damaging and impactful racism is to them and their families".
Just eight months after a Port fan threw a banana at him during a game, Crows player Eddie Betts was again subjected to racial abuse leading Port to suspend the membership of one of its fans who was evicted from Adelaide Oval on Saturday night.
The incident over the weekend saw 14 indigenous players from both clubs come together as well as their captains and chief executives have rallied together to oppose racism in all forms in Australia's national game.
Fronting media after tackling what feels like the thousandth public racism row to befall football in recent times, McLachlan asserted that the league is doing as much as it possibly can to tackle instances like this head-on.
"The abuse directed towards players is more than just words and people need to understand the impact that it has on the player, their family, their children and their community".
"This has been happening for far too long and we, as indigenous footballers, have had enough", Burgoyne said in a statement.
Port Adelaide chief executive Keith Thomas says the club is very disturbed by these incidents.
"To the football community", the letter read.
"Our game has a responsibility to our players, and a role to play in the community on issues of racism and vilification".