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REACTIONS TO THE AFL’S BANANA CONTROVERSY
“Absolutely disgusting! Shouldn’t ever be allowed back into enjoy the football. Very disappointing.” – Adelaide captain Taylor Walker.
“Expect strongest possible action to be taken against those throwing objects at our players. Abhorrent. Disgusting” – Adelaide chief executive Andrew Fagan.
“We’re a club, we’re an industry, we’re a code that doesn’t shirk away from these sorts of incidents … if it was racially motivated, not only would she be banned for life from the club, we would encourage her to come and sit with our players, our aboriginal players and try to understand what these actions mean to them” – Port Adelaide chairman David Koch.
“Disgusting … I will be reporting you!!” – Port Adelaide Aboriginal Programs Manager, Paul Vandenbergh’s post on his Facebook profile, later deleted.
“Port Adelaide is appalled by the vision and will not tolerate this type of anti-social behaviour at its games” – Port Adelaide statement.
“The club has contacted the Port Adelaide Football Club, Adelaide Oval and the AFL, and has expressed in the strongest possible terms that we expect significant action to be taken against any person found guilty of anti-social behaviour” – Adelaide statement.
“The AFL abhors anti-social behaviour and has informed the club it will provide whatever assistance is required for the club to deal with the matter” – AFL statement
“Passion is what’s greatest about the @AFL – but allowing passion to become frustration & throwing things is awful & sets a horrific example” – Adelaide forward Josh Jenkins
“Completely disappointed about some Port Adelaide supporters behaviour last night #norespect” – indigenous Adelaide player Cameron Ellis-Yolmen
“That’s absolute bulls***, she better be banned for life.” – Brisbane player Mitch Robinson.