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The AFL says it is disappointing we still have to talk about racism


The fallout from racism on the weekend continues.

AFL Chief Executive Gillon McLachlan addressed the media today following several incidents at Adelaide verse Port Adelaide on the weekend.  

 Speaking to Sportsday, AFL Operations Manager Simon Lethlean said it was disappointing we are still talking about this issue. 

‘It’s not acceptable and we will do what it takes to get this out of our game,’ he said.

Adelaide small forward Eddie Betts and Port Adelaide’s Paddy Ryder were said to be the subject of racial taunts. 

Sportsday presenter Dwayne Russell says he would prefer ‘education’ rather than lifetime bans for those fans involved. 

But when dealing with those who aren’t members, Simon says ‘it isn’t as easy,’ dismissing suggestions of a set punishment. 

‘Each club needs to have a look at how they should handle it.’

‘The main thing is to educate and eradicate.’

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