Magpie followers at centre of AFL’s newest racial-abuse shame

Collingwood have condemned “a number of racist messages” aimed toward Port Adelaide ahead Willie Rioli after the AFL’s spherical 19 thrilling showdown between the 2 golf equipment on the league ladder.

The Magpies got here from behind in a final-quarter blitz to grab an unlikely two-point win from Port Adelaide with simply seconds to go at Adelaide Oval on Saturday night time.

Rioli kicked one aim from 11 disposals and is ready to face scrutiny from the league’s match overview officer over an off-the-ball strike on Nathan Murphy.

After the match, which put the Magpies two video games clear on prime of the  ladder, Rioli was subjected to racist abuse on-line, which Collingwood addressed within the early hours of Sunday morning.

“The Collingwood Soccer Membership strongly condemns the abhorrent and disgusting racist remarks directed in direction of Willie Rioli,” Magpies CEO Craig Kelly stated in an announcement.

“There isn’t a room for racism in our sport and we won’t tolerate it – not on the sphere, off the sphere or on-line.

“All of us have a duty to name out this behaviour and our membership is dedicated to enjoying a task in educating as many members of the broader group as potential.

“We stand alongside all First Nations gamers, workers and supporters.”

Collingwood has been in touch with the AFL integrity unit and Port Adelaide over the incident.

The AFL has been contacted for remark.

-with AAP




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