‘Weed it out’: Dockers back derby rivals in stand against racism

The AFL and Richmond also got on board, with the person responsible for the racist post having his Richmond club membership suspended for two years.

«Before we start I’d really just like to talk about what’s occurred with Liam Ryan,» Fremantle coach Ross Lyon said before his weekly press conference on Wednesday.

«The Fremantle Football Club has a rich history of Indigenous players … we’re incredibly supportive and are calling out, as West Coast are, and we hope the rest of Australia, the vitriol and the bile of the keyboard warriors, there is no place in our game for that.

The standards that you walk by are the standards you accept, so everyone needs to make a strong stand.

Ross Lyon

«Personally, watching that video I think the education piece for our children coming through and all of us as adults is really pertinent.

«I learnt a lot more about the cultural understanding about when Australia was turned into ‘no man’s land’, the atrocities that occurred and why the term is offensive, it has been used before to (denigrate) some of our greatest Indigenous players.

«We stand united as a WA football community and AFL community, we register our public support and I am really passionate in that space.

«I’d just like to put that on the public record that we are fully aligned, we are fierce rivals with everyone in the AFL but there are causes when we come together.

«There is no place for this and we need to continue to call it out, because the standards that you walk by are the standards you accept.»

Lyon said he didn’t have to ask his Indigenous players how they felt about the attack on young gun Ryan.

«Within the AFL it is a brotherhood of the Aboriginal boys, so they would be feeling the pain, as we are,» he said.

«It’s an emotional topic … when you’re the coach of these boys, it’s just hard to comprehend.

«I played with Aboriginal boys in the Diamond Valley in 1983 and the racism coming over the fence then … I would like to think we have evolved, and everyone’s held to higher account.

«So, everyone needs to make a strong stance. We understand the racism is coming from a minority, but we need to weed it out, we just need to continue to educate. In the end, the good people come out on top.”

Fremantle’s Indigenous reach includes 19 players across the club’s AFL, AFLW and NGA playing lists, the club’s number one ticket holder and Indigenous elder Richard Walley, board member Colleen Hayward and a massive cohort of past players, including current staff members Michael Johnson and Roger Hayden.

The AFL on Tuesday said it would continue to report people responsible for racist comments to their respective clubs for further action or, in some cases, to the police for further investigation.

Alex Witherden grapples with Liam Ryan (right) during the Eagles' loss to Brisbane on Saturday night.

Alex Witherden grapples with Liam Ryan (right) during the Eagles’ loss to Brisbane on Saturday night.Credit:AAP

The person responsible for the slur against Ryan must go through a cultural awareness program before their membership is reinstated in 2021, after West Coast chief executive Trevor Nisbett on Monday called a press conference to urge action against «keyboard cowards».

WA premier Mark McGowan also weighed in, describing the abuse as «disgusting».

«Social media operators need to have greater responsibility … in relation to these sorts of things because it is not acceptable,» he said.

The Ryan controversy comes only days after Carlton’s AFLW star Tayla Harris complained of «sexual abuse» by online trolls after Channel 7 posted a photograph on social media of her kicking a goal.

David writes about sports and lifestyle for WAtoday.

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