AFL club investigates claims of racism

The Adelaide Football Club has released a statement after Port Adelaide announced it would investigate claims one of its supporters racially vilified Adelaide small forward Eddie Betts during last weekend’s game at Adelaide Oval.

Chief Executive Officer Andrew Fagan said “our Club strongly condemns any such behaviour and finds it abhorrent and disgusting”.

“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.


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“Our entire playing group and our Club stand together on this, unequivocally”.

On Monday night, the Power said they were investigating the matter with stadium management, adding they would not tolerate such behaviour from their fans according to AFL.com.au.

“If a club member has been found to breach Port Adelaide’s spectator code of conduct the offender’s membership can be revoked indefinitely,” the club said in a statement.

The Power is also looking into claims that ruckman Paddy Ryder was subjected to racial abuse from a Crows supporter during the same match.

The club isn’t saying any more until both investigations wrap up.

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