Sport AFL Racist AFL fan targets Swans players – again

Racist AFL fan targets Swans players – again

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Sydney Swans indigenous players have again been the target of racist taunts by an AFL fan.

A 70-year-old man was ejected during the Swans v Western Bulldogs game at Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Two Swans players were singled out although neither they nor their teammates heard the offensive comments.

The man will be prosecuted for offensive behaviour, police said.

“The behaviour of the man was reported to police by other supporters in the stadium,” a Victoria Police statement said.

“Police have spoken to representatives from the Sydney Swans Football Club, and have been advised the comments were not heard by any players.”

News Corp Australia reported he called Swans indigenous player Lance Franklin an “ape”, and that he also made racial comments aimed at his teammate Lewis Jetta.

The website reported the players involved were Franklin and Adam Goodes.

Goodes was the subject of a racial slur in May last year, when a 13-year-old Collingwood fan called him an “ape”.

Goodes pointed the girl out to security officials and she was escorted from the MCG.

An Essendon supporter also had his membership cancelled after he made racist taunts at Goodes in May this year.

Goodes, one of the most decorated indigenous players in VFL/AFL history, is a prominent anti-racism campaigner and is 2014 Australian of the Year.