Franklin speaks after being racially vilified by a Western Bulldogs fan on Sunday.
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Sydney Swans forward Lance Franklin has expressed his dismay after he and teammate Adam Goodes were subject to racist abuse from a Western Bulldogs supporter during the Swans’ win at Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
Neither player heard the comments however Victoria Police confirmed they removed a 70-year-old man was evicted from the stadium for making racist comments aimed at the Swans players.
Franklin told media of his disappointment in the incident, but said he was pleased that other members of the crowd spoke out against the offender.
“It’s disappointing that it’s still happening in the community and especially at football games,” Franklin said.
“It’s obviously very good that the crowd has come forward and spoken up.
“I think it’s just something that needs to be cut out of the game and the more we can teach people not to be racist, the better for the game.
“So I think it’s a positive step forward for the AFL.”
Franklin’s teammate Nick Smith echoed Franklin’s comments, saying he was pleased to see other members of the crowd denounce the man’s actions.
“It’s absolutely great that they reported it straight away,” Smith said.
“The actions of the fellow that did it were totally unacceptable in the AFL or in society generally.
“It’s really good to see that members of the community will step in.
“It’s really disappointing that it does happen. In saying that, someone has said it, but other people have stood up and done the right thing.
“A little bit surprised that it still does happen, but it’s good that it was addressed straight away.”