Collingwood president urges for calm heads from fans and officials.
Collingwood Magpies president Eddie McGuire says the young fan at the centre of the latest AFL race row needs help not to be made target of a witch hunt.
Speaking to media after watching his side outplayed at the MCG by the reigning premiers, McGuire said the girl and others in the community, must realise that certain language is simply not acceptable.
The evolving situation centers around a young female fan, who has said to have racially abused Sydney Swans star Adam Goodes towards the end of the game.
Goodes pointed out the girl for security guards who ejected her from the ground before placing her in police custody, with the two-time Brownlow medalist leaving the field looking visibly shaken.
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McGuire said the incident was devastating and that Goodes was “shattered” by what had happened when he met with him after the game in the Sydney change-rooms.
“I spoke to Adam, and he told me what he’d heard. I apologised to him on behalf of the Collingwood Football Club and football people in general. We have a zero tolerance at the Collingwood football club on this. It’s devastating,” McGuire said.
“We need to educate and we need to help this young girl understand, not harm her but help her.”