GRAND FINAL RACIAL SLUR
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
THE ugly spectre of racial vilification reared it's head during Sunday's Group 2 reserve grade final.
The captain-coach of Coffs Harbour's reserve grade team Anthony Donovan is in the process of making an official complaint to Group 2 officials, stating that in the first half he was racially abused by a Port Macquarie rival.
"The guy was a racist towards me, he called me a black c..t and I don't appreciate it," Donovan said of the incident.
"The fact of the matter is I'll be taking it to Group 2 and as far as I have to go until he's dealt with properly."
When the incident occured, Donovan made a beeline for referee Chris Agland and reported the racial slur to him.
Clearly angered by what he'd just heard, the usually mild mannered Donovan then needed to be restrained by several teammates as he sought to square the ledger in a physical confrontation.
"It's the first time that he's done it to me and it won't be the last time, I bet you, that he'll do it," Donovan added. "It's not the way that sport should be played."
Group 2 secretary Peter O'Grady said he expected to receive something from Donovan this week.
"Anthony Donovan's going to write a report for me and give it to me during the week and what happens then is it goes to the Human Rights Commission and then they handle it, it doesn't get handled by us," he said.
"We've had a few claims in the past but no-one's followed it through but Anthony seems pretty sure that he will so I guess we'll just wait and see.
"It relies on the player who's been abused. We don't know what happens after the Human Rights Commission become involved, it's never happened before so we don't know, it's all brand new to us."
O'Grady was stunned that racial vilification still existed in the Group considering how many Aboriginal players were in the competition.
"The thing that disappoints me about this is that the best players in the competition are Kooris," he said. "Why people have to do that, I don't know. It just amazes me."