A dripped report has actually condemned a “hazardous” culture of systemic racism at the Collingwood Australian Rules football club, one of the nation’s biggest sporting organisations, reports said Monday.
Collingwood commissioned the independent probe by Aboriginal academic Larissa Behrendt in 2015 after former gamer Heritier Lumumba alleged he dealt with discrimination while at the club, consisting of being nicknamed “chimp”.
Behrendt discovered there was a long history of racist occurrences including the Melbourne-based side which had not been addressed by its leadership.
” What is clear is that racism at the club has resulted in profound and enduring damage to First Nations and African players,” Behrendt composed, according to several media reports citing the document.
” The bigotry affected them, their neighborhoods, and set harmful standards for the general public.”
The damning report stated the concern was more noticable at Collingwood, which was developed in 1892, than other clubs in the Australian Football League (AFL), the country’s most popular viewer sport.
” While claims of racism have actually been made throughout the AFL, there is something unique and egregious about Collingwood’s history,” it concluded.
Possible remedies consisted of “reparations, compensation, public apology, and dedications to reform”.
A dripped report found a culture of systemic racism at Aussie Rules club Collingwood AFP/ William WEST
The report said Lumumba’s claims required a separate questions but mentioned other incidents including the club, consisting of a clash that led to among the most effective images related to bigotry in Australian sport.
It occurred when Native St Kilda player Nicky Winmar reacted to abuse from Collingwood supporters in 1993 by raising his t-shirt while facing the crowd and indicating his skin.
Essendon’s Michael Long, another Aboriginal player, in 1995 complained about on-field racial abuse throughout a clash, also involving Collingwood.
Star Sydney Swans gamer Adam Goodes was called an “ape” by a young Collingwood fan in 2013 and his distressed response prompted racist chants for the rest of his career, triggering his early retirement.
Collingwood chairman Eddie McGuire worsened the offense when he suggested on radio that Goodes ought to be hired to promote the musical “King Kong”.
McGuire revealed in December he would step down at the end of the 2021 season, guaranteeing “a new age” for the club
Behrendt stated Collingwood needed a club-wide cultural shift, including the intro of policies to address bigotry and more assistance for those reporting the concern.
There was no instant response from Collingwood to the leaking of the report or its contents.