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AFL controversy: Racism in sport not on here

ADAM Goodes is at the centre of an AFL racism controversy that does not appear to be letting up anytime soon.

Local indigenous sporting personality and South Grafton Rebels coach Dallas Waters has stood behind Goodes in his effort to stamp out racism in sport.

"Obviously there is no room for any racism, whether in sport or life in general," Mr Waters said.

"Anything that is derogatory to the race of any person is completely unacceptable.

Despite the high number of indigenous sportsmen and women in the Clarence Valley, Mr Waters said he has not witnessed any racism in recent memory.

"Personally I haven't witnessed racism or experienced it locally," he said. "Mind you I haven't played on the field for a while but even as a coach I have not witnessed it.

"I am sure it exists, in the heat of the battle, there are things that shouldn't be said.

"What happens outside the game when there are spectators there, it can be over the top at times, but I haven't seen anything particularly from our supporters in South Grafton showing any of that kind of racist jeering."

Grafton Tigers AFL club president Rod Sheather agreed with Mr Waters and said that he also had not witnessed any racism in the local game.

"I have been in and out of the Grafton club for 25 years as a player and a coach and now an administrator and I have never experienced any racism on the field," Mr Sheather said.

"What is the point of being racist; there are plenty of other ways to put off your opponents.

"I have played alongside and against many indigenous players and they are just another player. In fact I believe the game would not be as good as it is if they were not involved."



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