WA country football coach quits in protest at racist on-field slur

A man wearing a black polo shirt standing in a garden

An Indigenous country football coach has quit in protest of a “disappointing” on-field incident in which a racial slur was directed at an Aboriginal player.

Key points:

  • A country football coach in WA has quit in protest over a racial slur directed at an Indigenous player
  • The club embroiled in the scandal was fined $200
  • South Bunbury Football Club “reluctantly” accepts resignation

Maxwell Jetta, cousin of former AFL players Lewis Jetta and Neville Jetta, has resigned as a coach in Western Australia’s prestigious South West Football League in a stand against racism in the sport.

It came after his club, the South Bunbury Football Club, was fined $200 over a racist taunt one of its players directed at Carey Park forward Hayden Yarran on May 14.

Mr Jetta had coached South Bunbury’s women’s team to three premierships.

“This decision really was about myself as a community person, an Aboriginal person, a family man and a mentor as well,” Mr Jetta said.

He echoed calls by Yarran for more to be done to stamp out racism in the league.

A man wearing a black polo shirt standing in a garden
Mr Jetta says he is open to returning to football if the culture changes.(ABC South West: Dinushi Dias)

“We should be doing more, not only as football clubs, only as community members, but everyone in general all over, you know, racism is out there, as you can see.

“I think we can do better as people.”

Mr Jetta said he wanted the player who abused Yarran during the match to come forward.

Posted 1h ago1 hours agoWed 1 Jun 2022 at 5:12am, updated 14m ago14 minutes agoWed 1 Jun 2022 at 6:47am

Author: Ivan Robinson