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AFL Taunts at Adam Goodes Reignite Racism Row

Adam Goodes points the finger after being called an 'ape' by a young Collingwood supporter during the AFL's Indigenous Round. (Courtesy of Andrew White)
Adam Goodes points the finger after being called an ‘ape’ by a young Collingwood supporter during the AFL’s Indigenous Round. (Courtesy of Andrew White)

(BBC) – Australian Football League (AFL) star Adam Goodes says he is taking time off, as a row over racism in the game shows no sign of dying down.

Goodes, an Indigenous Australian who plays for the Swans, has been plagued by booing whilst on the field – especially during last Sunday’s clash at Perth’s Subioco Oval where a rival fan was removed for allegedly telling him to “get back to the zoo”.

The unidentified man said his ejection was an “overreaction”, and described the current uproar as “political correctness gone mad”.

“It was a flippant, off-the-cuff remark and the players would not have heard it for all the booing and banter coming from the crowd,” he said.

Critics say the jeers are because Goodes just is not liked, but supporters say the 2014 Australian of the Year is being punished for being vocal on indigenous issues.

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