Aboriginal players from the Australian rules football AFL demanded yesterday in an open letter that fans stop racially abusing them.
The letter was sent after Port Adelaide Power’s Paddy Ryder and Adelaide Crows player Eddie Betts were racially abused during a match at Adelaide Oval on Saturday.
Betts was called an ape and told he “should go back to the zoo where him and his family belong.”
In the letter, the AFL players’ indigenous advisory board said it had “had enough.”
“Racial vilification has been a part of our game for too long,” it said.
“That both Eddie and Patrick were abused because of the colour of their skin is absolutely unacceptable.”
The latest incident follows a Port Adelaide Power supporter being banned indefinitely last year after she was filmed throwing a banana at Betts.
“These are more than just words and the impact these slurs have on the player, their family, their children and their community is profound,” continued the statement.
“There’s no room in our game for any form of vilification, whether it’s based on race, gender, religion or sexual orientation.”