It’s not just footballers who are finding themselves caught up in the game’s “biggest failure story”.
“The vast majority of people are genuinely good people and there are so many of them, it is really hard to find a good one,” said Mark Taylor, who heads the Australian Football League’s Queensland branch.
“But I’m not going to put a label on that.”
One in five football fans in Queensland, for instance, are from a minority culture.
“I would say that there are about 10 or 11 people in my club that are not from a majority culture,” Mr Taylor said.
“So I’m a bit surprised they would go out and do something like this.” “
‘Culture shock’ In other cases, there is a reluctance to admit that racism may be a problem. “
So I’m a bit surprised they would go out and do something like this.”
‘Culture shock’ In other cases, there is a reluctance to admit that racism may be a problem.
“A lot of players are not aware that there is racism in their clubs,” Mr Klemmer said.
“They know that there’s racism in football, but it is very difficult for them to acknowledge it.”
He said many people in the sport had a “culture shock” and didn’t know how to deal with it.
The “cultural shock” could include: not being able to recognise racism when someone refers to a rival player as a “black”, “nigger”, “white”, “brown”, “red” or “yellow” It can also include: believing that racism is acceptable in football because they “see it as part of the game” or because they see themselves as a representative of the sport, or because it is a sport “where the people who are doing the work are more influential” or it is seen as a positive thing in society It can include: making assumptions about the people they play with that they do not have a clear understanding of racism, for example, believing that the players who they meet are the same people as themselves or that they are “the same race”.
The NRL’s Queensland president, David Littlejohn, said it was important for the game to change.
“There are a lot more people that have been out on the streets of Brisbane than are in the NRL,” he said.