Changes ordered after review of country football club racism, sexism claims

A football club logo hangs on a sign on a brick wall

A country football league in Western Australia has been ordered to have female representation on its board and introduce an Indigenous welfare officer after claims of racism and sexism at one of its clubs.

Key points:

  • A female and indigenous voice has been recommended to be included in the South West Football League
  • League president Barry Tate says South Bunbury Football Club was “hard done by”
  • Former female players are yet to see the report

The WA Football Commission has finished an investigation into the South Bunbury Football Club, which operates under the South West Football League, after it’s entire three-time premiership women’s team quit.

It was sparked by an on-field racial vilification incident in May when a player from the South Bunbury Football Club men’s team made a racial slur towards a Noongar man from the rival team.

South Bunbury women’s coach Maxwell Jetta, who is a Noongar man and cousin of former AFL players Lewis and Neville Jetta, quit after the incident, saying he was disappointed in how his club dealt with it.

Several further incidents led to the whole female team quitting.

Report not made public

The report was handed down in-person to the South West Football League on Thursday afternoon and a media statement was released late on Friday evening.

Author: Ivan Robinson