Mason Cox has called out a disgraceful racial slur aimed at his teammate Travis Varcoe. The club now wants fans to help identify the culprit.
Mason Cox has called out a disgraceful racial slur aimed at his teammate Travis Varcoe. The club now wants fans to help identify the culprit.

Pies unite behind Varcoe after ‘racist filth’ posted online

Collingwood forward Mason Cox has called out a "disgraceful" racial slur aimed at his teammate Travis Varcoe in the wake of Friday night's clash with Essendon.

It is the latest in a line of recent social media vilification aimed at Indigenous AFL players, with Cox and AFL Players Association CEO Paul Marsh saying the comments made were disgusting and completely unacceptable.

Collingwood has confirmed the person who made the post is not a club member.

Cox was also referenced in the offending tweet.

"I'm happy to take criticism," Cox said on Saturday morning. "Not the first, won't be the last but to say this about a brother is disgraceful."

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Travis Varcoe was the target of a racist social media post. Picture: Michael Klein
Travis Varcoe was the target of a racist social media post. Picture: Michael Klein

"Look around you. There is no excuse. Listen, learn, and be better. Educate yourself because this is not ok."

Marsh tweeted: "Here we go again. More racist filth directed at our players. Cannot comprehend how a human being could say this about another person. Hope we can find who he is …"

Carlton forward Eddie Betts has been racially abused on social media at least three times this year and said recently he had questioned his AFL future as a result of constant racial vilification.

He spoke out passionately on Fox Footy recently, saying: "All I want to do is rock up to training, play and enjoy the game of footy."

"I'm sick and tired of it, but I want the AFL to be a safe platform for young Aboriginal kids to come and enjoy and play footy without being racially abused."

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The Magpies released a statement condemning the behaviour on Saturday.

"The ignorance and prejudice in the comments is simply appalling," Collingwood chief executive Mark Anderson, said.

"Today, the football community willingly accepts that we have an obligation to put a stop to abuse of our people. I do not understand how such comments continue to be made.

"We stand with Travis and Mason and against vilification of this or any other variety and will do whatever we can to call these individuals to account."

The club also asked for anyone with knowledge over who made the post to come forward.

Originally published as Pies unite behind Varcoe after 'racist filth' posted online



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