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'People out there that want you to shut up and play sport' but Magpies skipper voices support for Yes referendum vote

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10th October, 2023
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Collingwood captain Darcy Moore has stuck his neck out to support the Yes vote in Saturday’s referendum even though it will lead to the usual calls on social media for sportspeople to keep their political views to themselves.

A week after Penrith NRL co-captain Nathan Cleary did likewise, the Magpies skipper told ABC Radio National on Tuesday morning that he thought it was important for Australia to recognise Indigenous people in the constitution.

“I’ll be voting yes. To me, I feel like it’s an intuitive next step and seems to be an important and practical way to help Indigenous Australians,” he said.

“There are certainly people out there that want you to shut up and play sport, but we’ve seen all around the country, like with Nathan Cleary, athletes are human beings and citizens of the country too, so they can exercise their right and say what they want to say and they can do it in a really healthy way.

“The argument around division, to my mind there are already advisory bodies for Indigenous Australians that have come and gone as governments have changed.

“The mechanism has kind of already existed anyway, so by making it sort of permanent in the constitution, it’s just locking it in. So in that way it’s not anything new.”

Meanwhile, premiership-winning teammate Nathan Murphy could be forced into early retirement after he copped a 10th concussion in the AFL Grand Final win over Brisbane Lions.


The AFL medical concussion panel will make a ruling on the 23-year-old defender’s playing future in the near future, according to a NewsCorp report

He made the decision to sub himself out of the match after colliding with Patrick Lipinski even though he passed the on-field concussion test because he had blurred vision.