AFL’s AFL Players Association says an Australian-born player has been banned from the AFL for two weeks for making racist comments about an Indigenous person.AFL Players Association chief executive Andrew Demetriou said the suspension is effective immediately, and that the incident had no impact on Collie’s career.AAP/ABC News 7 AFL Players Union president Paul Marsh has been suspended for 10 daysAAP 7 Former AFL player Brett Lawless has been issued with a 10-day banAAP 4 The AFLPA says Collie made “inappropriate comments” about Indigenous playersAAP 6 Collie was fined $5,000 for making racially abusive comments on FacebookAAP 3 AFL chief executive Matt Scott says Collies conduct “was unacceptable and he should have known better”AAP 1 AFL player Ben Jarman has been fined $10,000 and banned for two matches for racially abusing another playerAAP 2 Collie told an ABC reporter that he made the comments on his Facebook page “because I think they were really hurtful”AOL National News 7 Collie had been in the spotlight over the past few weeks after being suspended for a week by the AFLPA for racist comments on social media.
The AFLPA said in a statement on Wednesday that Collie said he was “sickened by the way these comments have been made”.
“These comments are completely inappropriate and have no place in our game,” AFLPA chief executive Paul Marsh said in the statement.
“Collie made them while in his position of authority and was extremely disappointed in himself and the AFL.”
He apologises to the AFL Players’ Association for any offence caused and we will continue to investigate any further action.””
I am sickened by this behaviour and I am appalled at the way it has been handled,” Collie added in a message to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
A post-match media conference on Thursday afternoon was disrupted by some of the players’ representatives who were angry that Collies actions had been taken so quickly.
A statement from AFL CEO Matt Scott said the AFL was taking the issue of Collies racist comments very seriously.”
Collies actions have been an embarrassment to the game of AFL football,” Scott said in his statement.”
We will continue our ongoing investigation and work with AFL Players to ensure we have a respectful and open environment for everyone to play in our AFL competition.
“The AFL is set to announce its final match list on Thursday.