A football supporter has been fined after allegedly racially abusing Lance Franklin and Adam Goodes during the Swans’ clash with the Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
Victoria Police have confirmed a 70-year-old Newport man was evicted from the venue for making “offensive comments” towards the Swans stars, whom Fairfax Media believe to be Franklin and Goodes. He had been reported to police by other spectators.
Police have spoken to officials from the Swans, who advised them the players had not heard the comments.
It is believed the fan was sitting in level three and is not a member of either club.
Franklin said it was disappointing that such incidents were still occurring.
“It’s disappointing that it’s still happening in the community, especially at a football game. It’s obviously very good that the crowd’s come forward and spoken out,” he said.
“I think it’s definitely something that needs to be cut out of the game and the more we can teach people not to be racist the better for the game. I think it’s a positive and a step forward for the AFL.”
“A man was evicted from Etihad Stadium around 4.35 yesterday afternoon after allegedly making offensive comments towards two Sydney Swans players,” said Senior Constable Melissa Seach.
“The behaviour of the man was reported to police by other supporters in the stadium. The 70-year-old Newport man will receive a penalty notice in relation to offensive behaviour.
“Police also spoke to representatives from the Sydney Swans Football Club and been advised the comments were not heard by the players.”
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