WA Football stands united against racism

Monday, April 1, 2019 - 2:12 PM

Racism in any form is completely unacceptable at any level of football and the West Australian Football Commission encourages players, umpires, officials and fans to report any occurrence immediately.
WAFC CEO Gavin Taylor said: "There is no place for this kind of behaviour and it won’t be tolerated at any level of football in Western Australia. We must ensure we offer safe, welcoming and inclusive environments for everyone involved in our game."
"We want to make sure that it is absolutely clear to every club, player and fan in Western Australia that WA Football stands united against racism and will not tolerate it in any form."
"Last week, the WAFC, the WAFL and WAFLW clubs joined the stand against racism lead by the West Coast Eagles."

"Following further media reports today regarding racism in country and community football, the WA Country Football League and Perth Football League have emphasised their support for the stand against racism."

WACFL President John Shadbolt said it was crucial to raise awareness about the issue and educate everyone about the significant impact racism can have on the mental health and well-being of individuals and community groups, including country football clubs.

"We recognise there are challenges for country football in this area and are committed to working with the WAFC and all of our players, clubs and 25 Leagues to address the issue of racism," he said.

"As leaders among our regional communities, we believe football clubs can have a positive impact on the lives of everyone involved and genuinely make a difference. We remain committed as a Board to setting the standard of what is acceptable in our game."
Perth Football League President Sam Birmingham said the Perth Football League also supported the stand against racism and encouraged all players, clubs and members to set a positive example for the community. 
“Each year we feature Red Armband Round to raise awareness of cultural diversity, and a number of our clubs take part in special games for NAIDOC Week. Players wear spectacular indigenous designed jumpers and take part in educational activities to raise awareness and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture. These games are a highlight of our annual football calendar, but it is important that what they represent runs true every day of the year.”
"If anyone involved with football experiences racism in any form we encourage them to make the umpires, a coach, club or competition official aware immediately so that the appropriate action can be taken," he said.

"We don't want this to be part of our game. It simply has to stop."


For more information:

Steve Tuohey
T: 08 9287 5513
M: 0438 930 961
E: stuohey@wafc.com.au