AFL clubs urged by WA Aboriginal Affairs Minister to hold reviews after Hawthorn racism allegations

A mid-shot of Dale Alcock speaking in front of a board of Fremantle Dockers sponsor logos.

WA Aboriginal Affairs Minister Tony Buti says all AFL clubs should conduct internal reviews into their treatment of Indigenous players in the wake of allegations levelled at the Hawthorn Football Club.

Key points:

  • All AFL clubs should review their treatment of First Nations players, Tony Buti says
  • He says every effort is needed to prevent racism in football
  • WA’s clubs say they’re open to formal reviews on the matter

The external review at Hawthorn includes allegations that key figures at the club demanded the separation of young First Nations players from their partners.

One player also alleges coaches at the Hawks pressured him and his partner to terminate a pregnancy and separate for the sake of the player’s career.

Author: Ivan Robinson