Racist booing and chanting should result in immediate eviction

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    “Blaming Adam Goodes is like blaming a rape victim for the way that they dress” Swans chairman Andrew Pridham.

    Studies have proven that race-related stress severely impacts the physical, psychological and social well-being of victims of the abuse.

    One needs to go no further than recall how former Australian cricketer, Andrew Symonds, was painted as the villain when he was clearly the victim of a racial attack against the Indian cricket team.

    Symonds drifted from the game disillusioned, following the ‘Monkeygate’ affair at SCG in 2008, never really returning to his top form.

    What happened to the man who dispensed the abuse? Harbijan Singh’s three-match ban for racial vilification of Symonds was dropped following threats from the Indian Cricket Board that they would abandon their tour.

    Both past Cricket Australia (CA) board member Alan Border and Test captain, Ricky Ponting, have since expressed regret about the lack of support that was given by CA to Symonds at the time.

    It is clear for all to see that Goodes’ is suffering some sort of trauma over recent events.

    Let’s hope that he can come back and play unaffected by it all like the champion that he is.

    He and others need all the support they can get and they do not have to continually justify their hurt.

    Attitudes like those stated not long ago in the parliament by the Attorney-General, Senator Brandis, that people have “a right to be bigots” are also not helpful to the situation.

    AFL should learn from this example and not only rally to the support of the victim but also sanction the perpetrators.

    It and the Swans also have a duty to provide its players with a safe work environment.

    It should follow the lead from other parts of the world where such spectators are immediately evicted from the ground by security or police. Bans are also imposed which precludes them from attending future matches.

    There are also legal remedies to consider provided by under the Racial Discrimination Act which make it unlawful to offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate on the grounds of race, colour or ethnicity.

    If all else fails, the Swans’ players can follow what happened in Italy when AC Milan’s players walked off in protest at racist chanting from fans targeting their Ghanian-German colleague, Kevin-Prince Boateng. It caused the game to be abandoned and sent a clear message.

    Let’s hope it doesn’t get to that here.

    Time for talking has stopped.

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    • August 3rd 2015 @ 2:29am
      haydos said | August 3rd 2015 @ 2:29am | ! Report

      So how do we differentiate racist booing to the regular booing? What a joke. When Adam Goodes retires this over hyped issue will be a non event. He is the only player personally crying racism over being booed.

      • August 3rd 2015 @ 11:42am
        What ho said | August 3rd 2015 @ 11:42am | ! Report

        “So how do we differentiate racist booing to the regular booing?” – was wondering that myself. Maybe the author has invented a BOO O METER that can differentiate between boos.

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        August 3rd 2015 @ 2:32pm
        Kaks said | August 3rd 2015 @ 2:32pm | ! Report

        A racial boo goes like this “BOOOOO”

        A non-racial boo goes like this “BOOO-URNS”

      • August 3rd 2015 @ 6:11pm
        DaveM said | August 3rd 2015 @ 6:11pm | ! Report

        Love to know what is the difference between racist booing and any other booing.

        I think 2 things need to happen to defuse this situation :

        1. The Booers need to give it a rest

        2. Adam Goodes needs to make a statement conceding that his actions may have contributed to peoples perceptions of him.

    • August 3rd 2015 @ 3:40am
      Straight Ball said | August 3rd 2015 @ 3:40am | ! Report

      Since no-one else has commented: How is it clear that Goodes is suffering trauma? We haven’t heard from him, have we? I know a lot of people have spoken about what they think (quite often saying they don’t want to put words in Adam’s mouth), but, so what! Anyone can speculate. By the way, trauma is a very serious condition, not to be diagnosed lightly, especially without seeing the patient.
      As for racist booing; I really don’t know how it would be possible to tell if a boo was a racist boo. Next you will be wanting to evict for Bronx cheers.
      As for racist chanting; that is the first I have heard of it during all of this unfortunate saga. No-one else has mentioned such a thing. So, I am guessing that it is just made up.
      Walking of the field would just encourage booing as it would give 4 points to the other team for the forfeit.

      • Roar Guru

        August 3rd 2015 @ 9:50am
        Mick Gold Coast QLD said | August 3rd 2015 @ 9:50am | ! Report

        “How is it clear that Goodes is suffering trauma?”

        When the objective is to invent the only true truth assertion becomes fact almost instantaneously, Straight Ball. This is The Roar.

        “As for racist chanting” all it needs is for a single reporter-ette to write “People were heard to say they could hear “racist chanting” and that’s just appawleeng” and you have solid evidence right there.

        I’m enjoying the fortnight long comedy, especially Gillon McLachlan forgetting that his job is primarily to make sure the pies are hot, the beer is cold and that there is enough staff on roster to have the public feel it has received value for the good money it pays to attend.

    • Roar Guru

      August 3rd 2015 @ 3:53am
      peeeko said | August 3rd 2015 @ 3:53am | ! Report

      i dont think you can cancel a game for booing or evict someone. i dont know what you mean by take the lead from the rest of the world. yes, if someone racially vilifies they should be thrown out (this happened as we all know). From what i understand, if its just booing how is the rest of the world any different?

      its up to people to stop this ridiculous booing themselves, you are going to far if you think people should be evicted for booing. we are not a police state

      • August 3rd 2015 @ 7:05pm
        DaveM said | August 3rd 2015 @ 7:05pm | ! Report

        People practising racial vilification ARE evicted from Sports Games in Australia ….fact.

        What we see in the Goodes case is that there is a movement that wants people convicted of Racism without any evidence.

        They want people to be PRESUMED to be racist just based on the fact that they boo.

    • August 3rd 2015 @ 5:03am
      Realist said | August 3rd 2015 @ 5:03am | ! Report

      I believe that the booing whites are angry because Adam Goodes is enjoying the company of Miss Australia, and the whites do not like that one single bit.

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        August 3rd 2015 @ 6:14am
        peeeko said | August 3rd 2015 @ 6:14am | ! Report

        i think you need to change your name to unrealist. i reckon most people dont even know who Adam is with, let alone care. People dont care that Buddy is with that other hot model

      • August 3rd 2015 @ 6:19am
        Gurudoright said | August 3rd 2015 @ 6:19am | ! Report

        1. I don’t know who Miss Australia is or looks like or who she is dating
        2. I had assumed he was married(obviously wrongly)
        Your comments is just grasping for straws to try to finds anything to be controversial about

      • August 3rd 2015 @ 11:33am
        13th Man said | August 3rd 2015 @ 11:33am | ! Report

        i thought that was Franklin but i may be wrong.

      • August 3rd 2015 @ 2:54pm
        Frank R said | August 3rd 2015 @ 2:54pm | ! Report

        Realist – what a complete load of rubbish. I for one, have no idea if he has a partner or who she might be. To make the suggestion you have is beyond the pale.

    • August 3rd 2015 @ 5:21am
      Paul said | August 3rd 2015 @ 5:21am | ! Report

      I have always been a staunch supporter of equality, or whatever the best term is for not giving a damn where you come from. Probably been guilty in the past of being overly critical of my own white upbringing. I remember jumping down my mothers throat because she made a remark about me going to the beach everyday and getting a tan. She wasn’t racist either she was just cracking a joke. It wasn’t even institutional as our best friends were an aboriginal family. To this day. I guess the inner white devil is coming out because this issue seems ridiculous…

    • August 3rd 2015 @ 5:24am
      Paul said | August 3rd 2015 @ 5:24am | ! Report

      I wonder how many concussions Goodesy has had. Maybe it’s a traumatic brain injury issue.

      • August 3rd 2015 @ 12:18pm
        SM said | August 3rd 2015 @ 12:18pm | ! Report

        I bet that sounded a whole lot more witty in your head

        • August 3rd 2015 @ 4:10pm
          Paul said | August 3rd 2015 @ 4:10pm | ! Report

          Your head

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