AFL Acts On Racial Abuse, Kangaroos In Financial Trouble?

A long-time Collingwood fan finds himself in the news for the wrong reason.

Robert Whiteby Robert White

A 20-year member of the Collingwood football club had his membership torn up and thrown away after he was caught hurling racial abuse at an opposing player.

The incident occurred on Sunday at the MCG where Collingwood were hosting the Gold Coast Suns. The member sent a barrage of abuse towards Gold Coast player Joel Wilkinson and which also witnessed by Wilkinson’s on field opponent Dale Thomas.

Collingwood CEO Gary Pert requested the AFL go public with the news so that fans would know that such behavior is unacceptable and carries consequences. He also praised Thomas for his part in the matter, saying that his player was “disgusted” by what had been said.

"[Dale] made it clear to Joel that if he wanted to take this further, he would support him on that," Pert said.

Unfortunately the fan still has the right to attend AFL games as a regular spectator despite the club having known that his behaviour in the past has come close to that unacceptable level.

It was Wilkinson’s second experience with racial abuse. Last season Bulldogs player Justin Sherman copped a four match ban for racial vilification and was fined $5000.

The other big footy story making the rounds today is the resignation of Kangaroos chief executive Eugene Arocca. Chairman James Brayshaw played it down in a press conference late Monday but could not answer why Arocca had left, saying only that Arocca had told him the position had become “untenable”.

It is possible that Arocca left after learning he would not receive a contract extension, but far scarier rumours are floating about, one claiming that North will tomorrow announce that it is insolvent.

6PR sports journo Tom Atkinson tweet Monday evening, “Strong rumours Kangaroos to be revealed Insolvent or very close to it tomorrow.”

Arocca joined North Melbourne in 2008. He helped orchestrate a $15 million development of the club’s training facilities and admin headquarters and also coordinate a $1 million per year deal that sees the Kangaroos play occasional games in Hobart.