Werribee's Majak Daw (right) suffered racial abuse during Saturday's clash with Port Melbourne

AFL Condemns Racial Slurs

Monday, June 06, 2011

After a spectator racially abused Sudanese rookie Majak Daw during Saturday's VFL match between Werribee and Port Melbourne, AFL football operations manager Adrian Anderson has warned there is no place for racism in Australian football.

"The AFL abhors any form of racial abuse or vilification at any level of the game or in the wider community," said Mr Anderson.

"Racial vilification has no place in our game and never will have.

"The AFL, players, clubs and state and territory leagues have done an enormous amount of work to spread the message and the vast amount of supporters and football fans celebrate the fact that anyone from any background can and does play our game.

"But there are clearly some dinosaurs who refuse to heed that message and it is those people we don't want at our games."

Mr Anderson said he encouraged anyone who hears any form of racial abuse to report it immediately to security staff or police.

He said AFL staff had spoken to Majak Daw and had offered him the AFL's total support.

"There is no place for vilification of any kind and we will continue to fight it wherever and whenever it arises," Mr Anderson said.

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