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Editorial: Every AFL club must do a racism review

The allegations are sickening.

A young Indigenous man pressured to leave his partner and terminate a much-wanted pregnancy simply for the sake of his footballing career.

SIM cards removed from players’ phones who were then moved into coaches’ homes in a deliberate attempt to cut them off from their families.

The partner of one player left so distraught she resorted to contacting police to check her boyfriend was safe.

AFL boss Gillon McLachlan called the allegations contained in a review of racism at Hawthorn Football Club during Alastair Clarkson’s four-time premiership winning tenure “a tough read”.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 18: AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan during the 2022 Brownlow Medal at Crown Entertainment Complex on September 18, 2022 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Pockett/AFL Photos/via Getty Images)
Camera IconAFL boss Gillon McLachlan. Credit: Daniel Pockett/AFL Photos/via Getty Images

We call them deplorable. Disgusting. Distressing. They’re also depressingly believable.

Football has always had an undercurrent of racial tension. It bubbles along under the surface And then, occasionally, it erupts.

West Australian great Nicky Winmar defiantly lifting his jumper in response to racist taunts from the crowd in 1993.

Michael Long standing up to Damian Monkhorst in front of a packed MCG on Anzac Day 1995. The barbaric booing of Adam Goodes.

The bombshell Hawthorn report follows a review into Collingwood’s culture last year that found the club was guilty of “systemic racism” which resulted in “profound and enduring harm” to Indigenous and African players.

That review resulted in the exit of Eddie McGuire as club president after 22 years.

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