Dustin Martin has appealed to the Australian Government to allow his deported father back into the country.
Martin’s father, Shane, was deported back to New Zealand in April last year due to alleged links to outlaw motorcycle gang, the Rebels.
The Richmond star’s father was born in New Zealand before moving to Australia in 1990, where Martin was born.
“He’s not what he might look like,” Martin told Channel Nine’s A Current Affair.
“To have that taken away – you see all the other guys with their parents in the rooms after games – I don’t even have my Dad there. It’s pretty sad.
“If he was a criminal, I’d cop it. But they have just taken him away for association.
“It’s fair enough if he’s done something… to be just taken away for no reason and breaking up the family. I think it’s pretty stupid.”
Martin said his father is no longer part of the group and believes he has done nothing to warrant deportation.
“I wake up every day hoping to get a phone call from dad, saying ‘just hold on, I am coming back’,” he said.
“Just because he was in a club doesn’t mean he has done anything wrong.
“I am in a footy club, he is in a bikie club, they join, get together and go for rides.”
The 2016 All-Australian’s father is one of 81 current or former bikie gang members who had their visas rescinded by the Australian Government last year.