Port Adelaide have released a statement on their website after ruckman Paddy Ryder was the subject of racist comments on social media on Friday night.
The comments came after the Power’s impressive 42-point win over West Coast at Optus Stadium. Port Adelaide have released the following statement on their website.
Racism has no place in the AFL or our society more broadly.
It is divisive, hurtful and not welcome.
The Port Adelaide Football Club is aware of a racist social media post directed at Paddy Ryder following last night’s game in Perth.
Port Adelaide will support Paddy and its Indigenous players in dealing with the impact of this cowardly and ignorant comment, but it is clear that the AFL and its member clubs must remain vigilant in coming together to eradicate this behaviour.
Paddy and all Indigenous players across our competition deserve so much better.
AFLPA CEO Paul Marsh tweeted about the comments, and said those who made the remarks have been reported.
Proud moment: the way Paddy Ryder played in Port’s huge win. Not a proud moment: trolls who continue to vilify our Indigenous players. You’re both a disgrace and have been reported. pic.twitter.com/CGdpKDFTH0
— Paul Marsh (@Marsh_Paul) April 19, 2019