Woman Condemned As Racist After Flinging Banana At Indigenous Player

Amna Shoaib
A Port Adelaide fan had her AFL membership revoked for at least a year after she threw a banana at Indigenous star Eddie Betts.

Adelaide Football Club’s star player, the indigenous athlete Eddie Betts, had a banana thrown at him during a game of the Australian Football League.

The woman who flung the fruit at him, presumably a supporter of the rival Port Adelaide team, also made a rude hand gesture at the player as he and a group of team-mates celebrated a goal.

Woman Threw A Banana

This seems like an obvious case of good ol’ racism that has proved to be a persistent and apparently insurmountable problem for Australian sports. Despite the racially motivated nature of the incident, the authorities are unwilling to label the crime as racism.

"We're investigating the incident, we've identified the person responsible," Port Adelaide Football Club Chairman David Kochsaid during a press conference. "In the interests of fairness we need to talk to the person responsible first."

AFL has banned the unidentified woman for a year. If her actions are proven to be incited by race, she will have her membership revoked for life.

This incident is not dissimilar to the racism many other indigenous players have been subjected to.

Sydney Stars player Adam Goodes regularly had racial slurs hurled at him with legions of rival clubs fans jeering at him. The situation only worsened when Goodes pointed out a 13-year-old girl who called him an ape.

He was bullied into retirement.

Adam Goodes

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Meanwhile, as authorities are shying away from the word "racism," many on the internet are not scared to call out the league’s cowardice.