Banish all racists from the AFL. For life.
Memo to the AFL: ban these racist pigs for life. There you go, problem solved. Surely it can’t be that difficult.
This is a serious issue that is very close to my heart. As a victim of racial abuse over many years, I can’t hold my tongue any longer. I have also been in the unfortunate position of being abused while at the footy. My crime? Barracking for my team.
Just when we thought our governing body was getting a grip on these ugly and unintelligent slurs, a couple of ignorant imbeciles, one at an AFL game, the other at the VFL (not for the first time this year mind you) decided it might be a good idea to voice their racist views and sour what was otherwise a couple of great games.
Only six weeks ago, Buddy Franklin copped it in Launceston - it’s still rife in the SANFL, VFL and every other domestic competition at every level.
The target at Port Melbourne was 20-year-old Sudanese man Majak Daw. What a star this kid is going to be. He’s already making the game look easy. So how do we deal with him? Punish him. Abuse him. What a bloody disgrace.
For those watching the TV on Saturday night when the Pies thumped the Saints, they would have seen a furious Eddie McGuire blowing a gasket in the second quarter when an obnoxious St Kilda fan abused Andrew Krakouer. Not once, not twice but three times.
With big Ed to the rescue and with the help of some angry punters sitting next to this joker, he was identified and subsequently evicted. But what I would like to know is what the hell was he doing there in the first place?
Whatever happened to just going to the footy and enjoying the dazzling skills that the AFL’s indigenous players display every week? Every weekend racist dead beats grace us with their unwelcome and repulsive presence.
With complete disregard for all those around them, many of them our kids, they assault us and those we pay to admire, with their offensive and abhorrent abuse.
They actually think they’re comedians. That they are smart. Worse still, they see it as acceptable. The fact is however, that the issue stems from much further back. Clearly, when the parents of these wankers were giving lessons in what’s right and wrong, they somehow skipped the class that says to respect others and just be nice.
That’s right. You know who you are. The AFL has astonishingly deep pockets and a racial vilification policy which is the envy of all other world sporting bodies. Yet when it comes to stamping out the behaviour of some Neanderthals in the stands, it continues to battle. This season is only 11 weeks old yet we have already had several unsavoury incidents.
Well I have a solution and believe me, it’s not rocket science. Get rid of them. Banish them. Fine them too. Throw them out and take their memberships off them as they depart. While we’re at it, why not take a polaroid so we can recognize their ugly mugs next time they try and spoil our fun.
Ok so it may not rid us of every kill joy but it would be a good start.
Unfortunately, racism at the footy is as prevalent as ever. The problem is that if we don’t address it once and for all, some of our greatest players will simply move on, robbing us all of the opportunity to enjoy their innate skills.
So c’mon people, let’s champion respect and diversity. The result will benefit all of us and make our game safe and fun for all of us to enjoy.
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