Aboriginal junior rugby league player receives 18 months ban after being racially abused

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That wasn’t a typo in the headline. An Aboriginal player from the New South Wales south coast region has been banned from the game he loves after being racially abused by another player.

The player received the ban after he ‘struck out’ at the player who called him a ‘coon’ during a group 7 U16’s match. The Indigenous player allegedly spat on the ground next to the player who abused him, but this was reported to officials as ‘spitting in the face’.

U16’s player Adrian ‘AJ’ Blair

Complaints have been filed by both parties, however only the Indigenous player has been punished. In a report by the South Coast Register, officials said that the complaint lodged on behalf of the Indigenous player was lodged too late to be followed up at the same time as the complaint received for the striking incident.

Read the full article on the South Coast Register website.

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